"Emurl" to Add HotMail-Like E-Mail to Web Sites
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Once emurl (a play on "email" + "URL") is installed on a site, users can read their e-mail, send, reply to and forward messages, and store their e-mail on the server, all from a standard browser.
L.A. Heberlein, president of Seattle Lab, said: "In an airport kiosk or an Internet cafe, the one tool you can almost always access is a Web browser. The one thing you most want to do is check your e-mail. If your home site has emurl running, you can get to your email from anywhere."
Conventional e-mail programs such as Outlook Express, Eudora, or Netscape Messenger need to configured with a user's e-mail server address, personal e-mail address, and password. For this reason, users cannot borrow someone else's computer and check their e-mail without reconfiguring the system.
"Microsoft reportedly paid nearly $400 million for HotMail. You can save $399,999,575 by buying emurl instead," said Ken Whelan, Seattle Lab's Director of Corporate Sales. The list price of emurl is $425.
Version 1.0 of the product is scheduled for release in early March, 1998.