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Excite@Home Hits The Desktop

Excite@Home Wednesday launched Excite Assistant, an application which appears as a small window on the desktop and automatically updates personalized content without relying on a Web browser.

The Excite Assistant automically recognizes the user when the application is launched. If a user opts for personalized content, it appears automatically in the desktop application.

"With Excite Assistant, we're giving the most popular features of excite.com a permanent presence on the desktop, making it easy to stay current on what's important to you, while you use your browser to travel the Web," said Joe Kraus, Excite@Home's senior vice president for content.

"This product is another extension of the value of the Excite membership and continues our strategy of 'All Band, All Device, All the Time'."

The program will also notify a user when e-mail arrives, tell them who sent it and list the subject. Excite Assistant can be moved and minimized to fit on the user's screen and allows users to listen to Internet radio stations.

Users can also specify sound effects, display options, and choose which browser is chosen to use to open Web pages and customized stock quotes, news, TV listings and weather content from Excite.