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Microsoft tries to lure novices to Net

Microsoft today shipped a product package to get novices comfortable on the Net.

Microsoft today shipped a product package designed to get Windows 95 users walking before they run on the Net.

Aimed at novices, the Microsoft Internet Starter Kit includes an Internet guidebook from Microsoft Press, the Internet Explorer 2.0 browser, a sample Web site for navigating pages before actually connecting to the Net, and 30 days of free Internet access through Microsoft Network.

The Microsoft Internet Starter Kit sells for $19.95 and is available now from retailers nationwide.

Microsoft's chief rival, Netscape Communications, also sells a shrink-wrapped version of its Net software for novices, called Netscape Navigator Personal Edition, which sells for $49.95.