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

Jan 17, 2000, 00:00 ET from Excite@Home

    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.
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     "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
     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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