DELL COMPUTER CORPORATION AND AMERICA ONLINE CORPORATION
ANNOUNCE NEW MULTI-YEAR MARKETING AGREEMENT
ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 21, 1998 --Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq:DELL), the
world's leading direct computer systems company, and America Online, (NYSE: AOL), the
world's leading interactive service, announced a new multi-year marketing agreement to
feature AOL on Dell consumer computers sold in the United States and Canada.
Beginning today, Dell® Dimension® and Inspiron® systems will ship with CDs that
contain AOL 4.0 software and include 100 free hours to use in the first month of the AOL
service, and early next year Dell users will be able to access a pre-installed, customized
version of the AOL 4.0 software that features links to Dell's web services as part of
Dell's ConnectDirect (SM) program. ConnectDirect is a wide-ranging technology initiative
to provide Dell customers with fast, easy and personalized access to the Internet.
"We are very pleased with this new relationship with Dell, one of the most
respected brands in the PC industry," said Steve Case, America Online chairman and
CEO. "With more and more consumers purchasing computers specifically to go online,
our relationship with Dell will make it easier than ever for consumers to access AOL and
"Our goal is to enable Dell customers to be on the Internet within minutes of
turning on their machines and to offer them a choice of best-of-class Internet
services," said Michael Dell, chairman and CEO. "AOL combines reliable access
with strong content."
About Dell Computer Corporation
Ranked No. 125 among the Fortune 500 companies and No. 363 in the Fortune Global 500, Dell
Computer Corporation is the world's leading direct computer systems company, based on
revenues of $16.8 billion for the past four quarters. Dell designs, manufactures and
customizes products and services to customer requirements and offers an extensive
selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be
obtained through its toll-free number 1-800-388-8542 or by accessing the Dell World Wide
Web site at www.dell.com.
About America Online
America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia, is the world's leader in branded
interactive services and content. America Online, Inc. operates two worldwide Internet
online services: America Online, with 13.5 million members; and CompuServe, with
approximately 2 million members. America Online, Inc. also operates AOL Studios, a leading
builder of Internet brands for new market segments. Other branded Internet services
operated by America Online, Inc. include AOL.COM, the world's most accessed Web site from
home; Digital City, Inc., the No. 1 branded local content network and community guide on
AOL and the Internet; AOL NetFind, AOL's comprehensive guide to the Internet; AOL Instant
Messenger, an instant messaging tool available on both AOL and the Internet; and ICQ, an
instant communication and chat technology on the Internet.