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REDMOND, Wash. - Nov. 8, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of new technology that enables users to avoid exposure to undesirable content on the World Wide Web. An update to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 3.0, the new ratings scheme allows users to request that their browser display only pages with a rating of MA or higher.

"Users have a right to protection from the banal, sanitized pap polluting so much of the web" says Microsoft.

Other sophisticated filtering options rival the richness of a modern full-text search engine. A rejection mask such as "pic* of my cat" could save thousands of users from the heartbreak of low-bandwidth banality.

"Microsoft has an ongoing commitment to quality of life. Microsoft has managed banality for much longer than most of our competitors," said a spokesman.

November '96

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