Upgrade Responds to Users' Feedback, Browser Enhancements Further Customize and Boost Online Experience

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 16, 2000 - NeoPlanet, Inc. (, a leading developer and provider of software applications and infrastructure, announced today the release of a major upgrade to the company's customizable Internet browser. Available immediately for free download at, version 5.2 combines a variety of improved, easy-to-use features including a Download Manager, a browser companion "find engine" provided by ( and content managing Channel Bar enhancements.

"NeoPlanet 5.2 continues to extend our product beyond traditional browsing. The latest version incorporates significant new features including a download manager, "find engine", and enhanced channel directory customization features that complement our existing suite of tools like Instant Messaging, Chat, and Search. Version 5.2 will allow our corporate partners and consumer users to further personalize their desktop and customize their overall Internet experience," said Drew Cohen, president and CEO, NeoPlanet, Inc. "I'm proud to also note that version 5.2 was designed based on the feedback we've received from many of our loyal users over the last year."

Key new features in version 5.2 include:

Download Manager - The Download Manager is a versatile tool that gives users the power to track and organize downloads from the Internet, as well as schedule them in advance. If downloads are scheduled at a time when the user isn't online, NeoPlanet's Download Manager has the ability to connect to the Internet using the user's default connection settings, execute the scheduled downloads, and automatically disconnect.

AnnotateTM Browser Companion - Activated from the NeoPlanet toolbar, Annotate conveniently delivers information relevant to the web pages you are viewing. This lets users compare and analyze information on demand without leaving the page, with just a simple click.

Channel Bar Enhancements - NeoPlanet provides a built-in directory of "Channels" that puts the best of the Web at the user's fingertips. With customizable Channels such as News, Sports and Shopping located within the user's NeoPlanet Channel bar on the browser's interface, site navigation is only a click away. Each Channel corresponds to a set of Folders located below the toolbar featuring links to more than 1,000 top Web sites. Users can create their own channels, import, export and share channels with other users and are now able to convert their favorites into channels.

In addition to the new features NeoPlanet 5.2 builds on NeoPlanet's industry leading custom browser which also includes an e-mail client, built-in instant messaging and chat communities, and custom search functions, providing users with a single tool that delivers a complete Internet experience. NeoPlanet users can further customize their browser interface by downloading more than 500 stylized "skins", allowing users to change the look, feel and sound of their browser.

About NeoPlanet, Inc.
NeoPlanet, Inc. develops software applications and infrastructure for third parties to establish and enhance customer relationships through the use of persistent clients. The company provides third parties a branded, enhanced browser, to extend their brand to the desktop. The NeoPlanet browser features a built in directory of customizable Content Channels featuring Lycos' leading Internet content, allowing third parties and their users to personalize their surfing experience. Distribution channels include ISPs, OEMs, Web sites and direct marketers. NeoPlanet is a free and easy download. To learn more or to download, visit NeoPlanet, Inc. patent pending.

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