Netpliance Licenses Spyglass Browser for i-opener Internet Appliance Service Naperville, Ill. - Thursday, April 20, 2000 - Internet pioneer Spyglass Inc.® (NASDAQ: SPYG) announced today that Spyglass Professional Services customized a small footprint embedded Web browser, Spyglass Device Mosaic, for Netpliance's (NASDAQ: NPLI) i-opener consumer Internet appliance service. Netpliance provides Internet-based content, applications and service through the i-opener, the first all-in-one consumer Internet appliance solution of its kind. Industry analyst group IDC forecasts that sales of Internet appliances will reach 55 million units and $1.2 billion by 2004. The agreement between Netpliance and Spyglass will allow Netpliance to use the browser in conjunction with various operating systems, including Windows, VXWorks and QNX. The new HTML 4.0 browser will improve the end-user customer experience while shopping, banking and exploring the Internet. "We chose Spyglass because the browser was specifically designed to work in embedded systems like Internet appliances," said Marc Willebeek-LeMair, chief technology officer, Netpliance. "This will allow us to deliver a new set of features to consumers while staying committed to providing a simple and easy-to-use Internet experience for everyone." "Netpliance has been able to deliver a breakthrough combination of an Internet appliance, Internet service and a consumer portal in a single, friendly package called I-opener," said Marty Leamy, Spyglass president and COO. "We are excited to make Spyglass Device Mosaic an integral part of the I-opener experience." About Netpliance Netpliance offers Internet-based content, applications and services through devices specifically designed for Internet access, commonly known as Internet appliances. The Company introduced its current i-opener service in November 1999, which combines its i-opener appliance, Internet access and its own consumer portal. The i-opener service includes all of the elements required for a user to access the Internet and simplifies Internet access, appealing to both novice and veteran Internet users. About Spyglass Inc. Spyglass (NASDAQ: SPYG) is a leading provider of strategic Internet consulting, software and professional services that enable content providers, service operators and device manufacturers to capitalize on the potential of the Internet. Market-leading companies using Spyglass solutions include GTE, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Sony, Thomson Consumer Electronics, WorldGate and Xerox. Spyglass is headquartered in Naperville, Ill. and has regional offices in Lexington, Mass., Silicon Valley, Calif., and London, along with a wholly owned subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan. Visit http://www.spyglass.com for more information. -30- Netpliance Forward-looking Statement This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Future results may differ from those discussed in this announcement. Some of the factors that could cause such differences can be found under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 23, 1999, as amended. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future event, or otherwise. Spyglass Forward-looking Statement Spyglass and the Spyglass logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Spyglass, Inc., in the United States and other countries. Mosaic is a trademark of the University of Illinois. (Other technologies and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.) This release contains information about management's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including consummation of binding agreements with prospective business partners, competition, development of the marketplace, the timing of the execution and recognition of revenues under new agreements, the ability to close and execute large multi-year contracts, product development, technological change and other factors that are discussed in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 1999 and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
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