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Excite, Punch Networks Play File Sharing Game

Excite Inc. and Punch Networks Corp. Monday announced they will offer a co-branded file sharing and collaboration service to visitors to Excite's portal site.

WebGroups is designed to allow users to instantly store, share and update files using a Web browser. A WebGroup is a private page on a secure Web site in which collections of users can securely store files they wish to share using just their browser. Other Webgroup members are notified of changes by e-mail, so all members are kept updated of its status.

The site is password-protected and files are encrypted on the server to ensure security, the companies said. Because the service is Web-based, users can access their files from any Internet-enabled machine.

"At one time or another, we've all experienced the frustrations of trying to share files with others," said Dan Campi, president and chief executive officer of Punch Networks. "Our product makes file sharing easy by automating many of the associated tasks such as version tracking, edit control, change notification and audit trails.

Visitors can sign up for the free service on the Money & Investing, Education and Computer & Internet channels on Excite, or go directly to punch3.excite.com.

"Web-based file storage and sharing is a natural extension of our commitment to providing easy to use, browser-based applications that enable our users to communicate more effectively with friends, family and colleagues," said David Sze, Excite's vice president of strategy.