|[3:00 PM] Mac Users Offered Free Internet Access
Alta Vista announced today that they have expanded their free internet access program to the Macintosh platform. The Mac Free Access client is available for download, and is the first free access program available on the Mac platform. Included with Free Access is Microportal, a small information and link management window. The Microportal window also contains advertisement space, but this is the price we pay for "free" access. According to Alta Vista:
AltaVista today expanded its Free Internet Access program to include support for Macintosh computers. This is the first free quality dial-up Internet service for Mac users offered by a leading Internet brand. This new service (available to 2.3 million Mac households) will continue to put pressure on the obsolete practice of paying for dial-up access as well as providing the untouched Mac market this service. AltaVista Free Access is currently signing up approximately 10,000 users per day and has more than 2.5 million registered users for its service.
AltaVista Free Access is the first free, quality dial-up Internet service offered by a leading Internet brand. The service provides unlimited Internet usage at no cost in cities across North America through almost 5,000 dial-up phone numbers. AltaVista Free Access features the world's first microportal, a small desktop application that provides personalized, up-to-the-minute news, information and links to valuable AltaVista Network services. The microportal takes less than five percent of a user's screen space and contains a rotating advertisement within the window.
You can find more information at the Alta Vista web site.
The Mac Observer Spin: We are starting to see the market numbers regarding Macintosh usage have an impact on some of the major companies. A program like this, providing a service to Mac users along with PC users, will only boost the quantity and quality of Mac related services. With millions of new iMac users out there, and millions of eyeballs to generate advertising dollars, we expect to see more services like this for Mac users.