Internet Explorer 8 Optimised for RAC

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Web browser features allow users to stay updated with motoring news and real time traffic updates

We're thrilled to be working with RAC to help their customers plan their trips more effectively. Internet Explorer 8 is the world's most popular browser on Windows* and the new RAC Web Slices will help people create a bespoke browsing experience equipped with free tools to overcome some of the challenges of Britain's driving environment.

From today users of Microsoft's latest web browser, Internet Explorer 8, can receive online updates from car insurance and breakdown cover specialist RAC at the drop of a hat, allowing them to stay informed up to the very last minute before setting out on a long journey.

RAC Web Slices bring external website content direct into the users page without needing to open new tabs and search. They provide both the latest motoring news directly from RAC and real time traffic alerts for their chosen region.

Users of Internet Explorer 8 will have everything they need at their fingertips as they put the final touches to planning their trip. A targeted search box also allows users to search the entire RAC site for content directly from the browser.

"At RAC, we're all about helping drivers get the most out of motoring and making their time on the roads an enjoyable and stress-free experience," said Chris Bates, Head of Marketing at RAC. "Our technological expertise and ongoing development of new web tools meant creating a customised version of Internet Explorer 8 for RAC was a natural fit. The Web Slices we've created with Microsoft give people easy access to our daily stream of motoring related news and also let drivers check the status of the roads before setting out on a journey - in fewer clicks from their 'favourites' bar."

Julia Owen, Internet Explorer Product Manager at Microsoft added: "We're thrilled to be working with RAC to help their customers plan their trips more effectively. Internet Explorer 8 is the world's most popular browser on Windows* and the new RAC Web Slices will help people create a bespoke browsing experience equipped with free tools to overcome some of the challenges of Britain's driving environment."

The fully optimised version of IE8 incorporating these RAC add-ons is downloadable now from http://www.ieaddons.com/gb/browsers/156/

Those who already have Internet Explorer 8 up and running can download the RAC add-ons of their choice separately.

*On, 1 September 2010 , Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 8 grew 1.17% in the previous month to account for 32.04% of usage share worldwide - more than three times that of Chrome's 0.36% share growth over the same period. Internet Explorer 8 continues the single most widely used web browser version worldwide. The announcement is based on figures from Net Applications' August browser market share report available here: Net Applications August browser market share report

Internet Explorer 9 is coming. For more information please visit the Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive site at http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

Notes to editors:

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

About RAC
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs.

RAC is committed to providing the very highest levels of service to its members and has been ranked first for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates' UK Roadside Assistance Study for the last four years. RAC was also the top-named breakdown organisation in the July 2009, January 2010 and July 2010 semi-annual UK Customer Satisfaction Index from the Institute of Customer Service.

RAC Insurance has also been awarded the Best Overall Vehicle Insurance Provider 2009/10 by themoneypages.com

RAC is part of Aviva, the world's sixth largest* insurance group, serving 53 million customers across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available from the internet press centre at http://www.rac.co.uk/press-centre/

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*based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2009

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