LOS ANGELES, Jan 14, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VCSY) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to join the America Online, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) Affiliate Network. As a partner in the AOL Affiliate Network, Vertical Computer Systems will earn referral fees by encouraging TheChinaBridge.com customers to join the #1 best- selling online service! TheChinaBridge.com will promote AOL, by publishing one of their special Banners, Buttons, or Text Links promoting an AOL product. TheChinaBridge.com is to offer Chinese web surfers an Internet search engine, free e-mail, electronic shopping, online chat, news, sports, online radio, and a business center. The introduction of TheChinaBridge.com is the first in a series of new international portals currently being developed by Vertical Computer Systems. Current plans are to develop a series of portals in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. TheChinaBridge.com competes with other Chinese portals such as China.com, Yahoo! China, Excite China and Cathay Online. Because AOL is the #1 brand on the Internet, visitors instantly know what they're buying. According to the agreement, AOL will pay monthly lump sum bonuses at certain milestones and annual bonuses for those partners that meet AOL annual targets.
Richard Wade, President, stated, "We look forward to the opportunity to offer AOL subscriptions to our users. We feel AOL's unique product can bode well with potential foreign users and other bilingual users not familiar with their product."
About America Online, Inc. Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia, is the world's leader in interactive services, web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates: two worldwide Internet services, America Online, with more than 19 million members, and CompuServe, with more than 2 million members; several leading Internet brands including ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger, Digital City Inc.; Netscape Netcenter, AOL.COM portals; Netscape Navigator and Communicator browsers; AOL MovieFone, Spinner Networks and NullSoft, Inc. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, the company develops and offers easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.
About Vertical Computer Systems Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. is a multi lingual portal provider, and e-commerce solutions company, based in the United States. The Company provides a full range of Internet services that: build e-commerce solutions nationally and internationally (www.ExternetWorld.com), distributes content via its multi lingual portal networks (http://www.TheChinaBridge.com) (www.ShoppingInternet.com) and provides proprietary online gaming software (http://www.ccpsoftware.com). Vertical Computer Systems is committed to building communities allowing the development of the Internet in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Pacific Rim.
SOURCE: Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.