Digital has announced that users of its AltaVista Web search engine can now use a free email service via a tie-up between Digital and iName, a division of New York-based email technology provider GlobeComm Inc.
GlobeComm's iName division specialises in offering free email accounts, lifetime email forwarding and Web browser-based email access.
Digital says the free email service will let AltaVista users have a free, permanent email address that can either be an AltaVista-branded address or a personalised address. Users will also be able to create email accounts for a number of individuals using a single Internet connection, the company added.
The announcement would seem to go some way towards putting to rest fears about AltaVista's future under Digital's new owner, Compaq Computer. Compaq announced on Jan. 26 that it intends to acquire Digital for $9.6 billion, pending the approval of both shareholders and U.S. government regulators.
After spinning AltaVista out as AltaVista Internet Software Inc. in preparation for taking its Web search engine business public on the US Stock Exchange, Digital then abandoned such plans in June of last year and bought the entire operation back inhouse.
Digital, based in Maynard, Massachusetts, can be reached via the Internet at http://www.digital.com/. AltaVista, based in Littleton, Massachusetts, can be reached at http://www.altavista.digital.com/. GlobeComm, based in New York, can be reached at http://www.globecomm.com/.