Activeworlds.com and Juno to Provide 3-D Chat Service
October 3, 2000
Activeworlds.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWLD), the leading Internet 3-D technology supplier, has announced an agreement with Juno Online Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: JWEB) to provide real-time 3-D chat to Juno's millions of subscribers. Juno is the nation's third-largest provider of dial-up Internet services, after AOL and EarthLink, with more than 3.38 million active subscribers.
Under the terms of the agreement, Activeworlds.com will create a co-branded three-dimensional Internet chat environment, which will be featured on Juno's Web portal site, www.juno.com. Activeworlds.com enables users to participate in 3-D chat, join topic-related clubs, and build their own 3-D online shops and virtual homes. Users choose an avatar, a 3-D representation of themselves that other people can see while they are chatting, and the virtual worlds they create can be interconnected with their existing home pages while allowing them to share in a multi-user system of worlds.
All Juno subscribers, whether they use Juno's free basic service or one of the company's premium billable services, will be allowed to visit these environments for free. Subscribers to Juno's premium services will also receive free "citizenship" in Activeworlds.com, which will entitle them to additional features and benefits in the 3-D environment. Users of Juno's free basic service will be able to register to become Active Worlds citizens for a fee; revenues from such fees and from advertisements shown within the 3-D environment will shared between the two companies.
"We are proud to have a strategic partner like Juno," said J.P. McCormick, chairman of Activeworlds.com. "Juno is an Internet access provider with tremendous reach, and this alliance will complement our own growth strategy. The revenue-sharing aspect of the agreement makes it a win-win proposition for both companies."
"We're excited to bring 3-D chat to our members, especially with a partner such as Activeworlds.com, which offers an outstanding combination of creativity and solid functionality," said Leelila Strogov, Juno's senior vice president for business development. "This partnership will complement our existing features while at the same time adding a whole new dimension to the Juno experience."
About Activeworlds.com, Inc. (http://www.activeworlds.com)
Activeworlds.com, Inc. is an information technology company dedicated to providing ASP delivery systems for the 3D Internet. Its communications enhancement technology uses techniques initially developed for virtual reality environments for the Internet, whether it be the website author or application provider. Activeworlds.com, Inc. currently has a worldwide user base of over 1,000,000 users on the Universe server it operates, which receives over 1 million impressions per day. Companies such as Boeing, NASA, Philips Multimedia, the US Government, and many more are currently using Active Worlds(TM) technology.
About Juno (http://www.juno.com)
Juno Online Services, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet access to millions of computer users throughout the United States. Founded in 1996, the company provides multiple levels of service, including free basic Internet access, billable premium dial-up service, and (in certain markets) high-speed broadband access. Juno's revenues are derived primarily from the subscription fees charged for its billable premium services, from the sale of advertising, and from various forms of electronic commerce.
Based on its total of 3.38 million active subscribers during the month of June 2000, Juno is currently the nation's third-largest provider of dial-up Internet services, after AOL and EarthLink. As of June 30, 2000, Juno had more than 11 million total registered subscriber accounts. For more information about Juno, visit www.juno.com/corp. To get a free copy of the Juno software, go to www.juno.com or call (800) TRY-JUNO.