HoTMaiL Provides Web-based Free Email to the World on Independence Day
-A Free Web-based World Wide Email Service without Limits-
Fremont, CA (July 4, 1996) Q HoTMaiL corporation announced today the premier of HoTMaiL, the world's first Web-Based Free Email service. HoTMaiL is giving away fully featured Free Email accounts at http://www.hotmail.com . Upon registration a user instantly gets an Email account with an address such as "us...@hotmail.com". Users can start using this Email account over the Web immediately and as often as they choose to. With HoTMaiL they get the flexibility of accessing their Email from any computer via the World Wide Web.
Besides a Web browser and an Internet connection, HoTMaiL requires no software or plugins to be installed on a user's computer. It is simple to use and yet it provides features and functions which surpass those of traditional Email systems. HoTMaiL, for the first time, gives users around the globe easy access to their Email from the Web.
HoTMaiL technology merges the traditional text-based messaging of Email with the multimedia and global access capabilities of the World Wide Web. HoTMaiL is a brilliant solution to the current problems which exist in traditional client/server Email, including: difficulty of remote access, lack of standardization, high costs and the lack of integration with the Web.
"The World Wide Web is a truly universal and global medium," said Sabeer Bhatia, President and CEO of HoTMaiL. "Our vision is to harness the ubiquitous nature of the Web and enable people to effortlessly communicate with each other from anywhere in the world. HoTMaiL is a giant step in realizing this vision."
HoTMaiL finds universal appeal because users no longer have to worry about cross-platform compatibility issues and cumbersome configuration of Email client software. There are no remote access difficulties and no software installation or upgrade requirements. With Internet access at libraries, browser cafes, kiosks at airports, users don't even need to own a personal computer to have a HoTMaiL address. With HoTMaiL, users can seamlessly surf the Web, compose and send Email from within the same browser, from any location of Web access on the planet, at no cost.
Web-based HoTMaiL also offers other improvements over traditional Email, such as the ability to enclose and view graphics within an Email message. Existing Email systems require a separate viewer to view graphic images and do not offer the ability to view graphics from within Email messages. HoTMaiL's system deciphers graphic images and displays them directly in the user's browser. HoTMaiL also makes live links to URLs sent within an Email message.
HoTMaiL has the built-in capability of retrieving Email from existing POP (Post Office Protocol) servers via its Web site. So, if an individual has already distributed many of her business cards and finds that changing her Email address is a cumbersome job, HoTMaiL offers an easy solution. HoTMaiL's software dials into her existing POP server, retrieves her Email and displays it on her Web browser.
Other features that HoTMaiL offers are: the ability to create separate folders to store and retrieve Email, address books to create lists of addresses, the ability to create custom mailing lists, an easy to use control panel for configuring POP server settings, defining personal mail signatures and easy creation of folders.
System Requirements Browser access to the World Wide Web.
Pricing and Availability HoTMaiL is free and available July 4, 1996.
Headquartered in Fremont, California, HoTMaiL was founded in 1995 by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith with the vision to make it possible for people to communicate with each other from anywhere in the world. HoTMaiL offers free, globally accessible, Web-based Email to all users and personalized advertising for corporate promotions.
In the last message I sent, I forgot to mention that there is another company, Juno, that is also offering free, unlimited email. (Also with commercial sponsorship.) Juno differs from Hotmail in that it doesn't require a web-capable computer to use it. (So a 386 computer would be sufficient for Juno, but would be intolerably slow for use on Hotmail.)
Also, Juno has announced that they will be releasing free software for the Mac sometime within the next six months to a year.
My sense is that with these new free email services, many, many more people will be getting online. Although the price of online services has been dropping in the past few years, the current price still serves as a barrier for thousands and thousands of people who wish to get online.