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OCTOBER 22: Netscape announced Netscape Communicator, an integrated client software product that lets you communicate, share data, and access information on intranets and the Internet. Netscape Communicator is a client suite of open email, groupware, authoring, calendaring, and Web browsing components.

Netscape intranet customers are already realizing a 1000 percent return on investment in less than three months, according to a recent study by International Data Corporation. IDC also documented an astoundingly swift payback time for these companies, with savings and ROI typically beginning as early as six weeks after deployment.

Visit Netscape In-Box Direct to take advantage of an amazing array of Web-rich interactive content delivered right to your mailbox. In-Box Direct maximizes Netscape Navigator 3.0's capability to receive pictures, video, audio, and more.

Now you can work with standard Windows applications from Netscape Navigator. Citrix WinFrame is a revolutionary plug-in that embeds fully interactive Windows applications into HTML Web pages. Try it now for free.

Get the new patch for CoolTalk for Windows 3.1. If you downloaded the CoolTalk for Windows 3.1 component before October 20, 1996, or the Standard plus Components version of Netscape Navigator 3.0 or Navigator Gold 3.0, you should download the CoolTalk patch now to correct a manufacturing error that displays an expiration date and a beta stamp.

MORE NEWS: Netscape SuiteSpot 3.0 helps build and manage full-service intranets ... PointCast expands news and financial content ... US WEST Communications adopts Netscape client and server software ... Netscape announces "embrace and integrate" strategy ... Netscape Catalog Server earns industry praise.

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In previous columns I've talked about the benefits intranets offer to businesses. Well, now I'm happy to report just how valuable these intranets are. The preliminary report from a study International Data Corporation has undertaken shows that Netscape-based intranets offer companies in many industries a high return on investment (ROI). In fact, the businesses studied are gaining the highest ROIs IDC has ever calculated. ... One of our customers in the study, Cadence Design Systems, had an ROI measured at more than 1700 percent. Cadence uses a Netscape-based intranet as the cornerstone of its sales support system. The system, called OnTrack, solves problems businesses have been experiencing since the days of Willie Loman - getting sales leads, meeting quotas, and generating new business. OnTrack provides supporting materials, custom applications, and reference information to sales reps for each step of the sales process. These are databases that already exist within the company - Cadence simply put them up and made them available via the same universal client, Netscape Navigator, that everybody already has. Sales reps can also use Netscape Navigator to show demos and presentations. ... Other businesses had similarly high ROIs. ...

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