Excite@Home Introduces New, Highly Personalized Web-Based E-Mail: 'Excite Inbox'
All of Your Messages -- E-mail, Voicemail and Fax -- Offered in One Place
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Excite@Home (Nasdaq: ATHM), the leading broadband media company, today announced "Excite Inbox," the new, free Web-based email provider that lets users manage all their e-mail, fax and voicemail communications in one place at http://inbox.excite.com . The new Excite Inbox replaces Excite Mail with an email architecture that gives consumers a superior user interface, increased scaleability and new and improved features such as color selector and un-read email icons that make this messaging product customizable and fun-to-use, offering consumers a personalized e-mail service. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990528/SFF034 ) "Consumers are quickly adopting Web-based products such as free voicemail and fax," said Craig Donato, senior vice-president of Excite@Home's Communication and Client Products. "We developed Excite Inbox as a direct response to consumer behavior and demand. Excite Inbox is the only email provider on the Web that lets users manage all of their communication correspondence whether e-mail, voicemail or fax from their private email account for free. We're proud to be leading the industry with this product offering." Excite Inbox was rated the third largest Web-based email service with a high average 35 minutes spent by each user (Source: NetRatings/Nielsen, Dec. 1999). All Messages, All in One Place Excite@Home is the only major Internet portal offering free voicemail, fax and e-mail all in one place. Excite Voicemail, which is powered by General Magic, was first introduced in July 1999 and provides users with a toll-free phone number and personal extension where they can receive voice and fax messages. Nearly 1 million Excite users have already activated the service. Excite Inbox tightly integrates an improved email experience with voicemail and fax capability into a single, Internet accessible account. With Excite Inbox, it's easier than ever to maintain instant contact with customers, colleagues and friends. The Most Customizable Personalization is one of the key features built into Excite Inbox. Features such as a color selector, new message symbols and message display font size and type gives consumers a personalized e-mail experience. A user can choose from 15 different color schemes ranging from "Hawaiian Punch," and "Techno," to "Clear Skies" and "CEO" for their email interface. In addition, one can select a rose, horseshoe, smiley face, heart or one of the other offered icons for their unread mail symbol. Excite Inbox gives consumers more control over the physical look and feel of their email service than other providers on the Internet. More Useful Tools to Manage Personal Information Excite Inbox provides the tools mobile users need to keep in touch. With industry-leading TrueSync technology from Starfish Software, users can easily synchronize their email address book with major personal information management software packages such as Microsoft Outlook and Palm Desktop. In addition to addresses, new integration points between Excite Inbox and Excite Planner (http://planner.excite.com) make adding calendar appointments, to-do list items, and notes while reading email or listening to voicemail easier than ever. Excite Inbox also now provides wireless access to email messages via 3Com's Palm VII, Palm VII users can send and receive email from anywhere using Excite Inbox. The free application, called My Excite for Palm VII, is available at http://www.palm.net, http://www.palmcentral.com, and other Palm download sites. Finally, Excite Inbox introduces convenient short-cut links including widely-used services such as Yellow Pages, Maps/Directions, Chat, Photo Center and Blue Mountain electronic cards in order to give users all the tools they need in one place to communicate and manage their lives effectively. About Excite@Home Excite@Home, the leading broadband media company, offers media services through Excite (http://www.excite.com) and Blue Mountain Arts (http://www.bluemountain.com), and broadband subscription services through @Home (http://www.home.com) and @Work (http://www.work.home.net). The company has a worldwide footprint of 72 million cable homes under long-term contract. Excite@Home's MatchLogic division (http://www.matchlogic.com) offers marketers industry-leading digital advertising capabilities including rich media production, ad and email services, and database analysis all integrated into a complete solutions package. Excite@Home, @Home, @Work, Excite, Blue Mountain, the stylized "@" logo and MatchLogic are trademarks of or licensed to At Home Corporation and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.
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