Prodigy next week will roll out Macintosh and Windows 3.1 versions of Prodigy Internet 1.1. The company's new flagship product, which launched last month, was initially available only for computers running Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system.
Additionally, the company announced that beginning Monday, new subscribers enrolling in Prodigy Internet will be provided with unlimited free trial time during their first month online to try Prodigy Internet and its offerings. Previously, new subscribers were limited to 20 free hours during the initial month.
"Today's announcements significantly expand the reach, availability and affordability of Prodigy Internet," said Paul DeLacey, president and CEO of Prodigy, Inc. "Prodigy Internet is designed to overcome the complexities of navigating the Internet and therefore responds to the fears and anxieties that many Internet novices experience."
Prodigy Internet for the Windows 3.1 and Macintosh operating systems can be ordered beginning today by calling 1-800-PRODIGY (776-3449). Additionally, the software will be available for downloading on Friday, November 22 from Prodigy's Web site Prodigy Internet for Windows 95 is already available.
Prodigy also announced a series of planned enhancements to Prodigy Internet. These include:
- File Libraries -- Available next week, Prodigy Internet members will have access to the thousands of shareware programs that up until recently were available only to Prodigy Classic subscribers. File Libraries will be accessed from an icon located on the Prodigy Internet Toolbar.
- Mail Forwarding -- Prodigy Classic subscribers upgrading to Prodigy Internet don't have to worry about maintaining separate email accounts. All mail sent to a Prodigy Classic address can be forwarded to the subscriber's new Prodigy Internet address. The mail forward option is scheduled to debut before the end of November.
- Chat Sharing -- No need to leave your Chat friends behind. The Prodigy Classic and Prodigy Internet Chat platforms will be connected, so members on both services can Chat with each other. As part of a phased implementation, 10 chat rooms will be connected beginning next week, with more being added in coming weeks.
- Bulletin Board Content Sharing -- Beginning in December, messages posted on Prodigy Classic bulletin boards can be read and responded to by members on Prodigy Internet.
- Personal Web Pages -- Prodigy, the first of the major online services to offers its members the capability to create their own Web pages, plans to offer a version of its popular Personal Web Pages feature on Prodigy Internet beginning in January.
- Multiple Accounts -- Targeted for January, Prodigy Internet subscribers will be able to enroll up to five additional household members under the master account.
To promote the launch of Prodigy Internet, the company also announced a redesign of its Web site will be available tomorrow. The site will include a 'click-by-click' tutorial of Prodigy Internet; information about the company and its affiliates; press releases; and a Power Tools section allowing visitors to download useful add-on features, software, games, and other Internet-related programs.
Timed to coincide with the launch of the new site is a 'Make it Yours' sweepstakes. Anyone downloading the software, or ordering it through 1-800- PRODIGY, and who enrolls in Prodigy Internet will be entered in the sweepstakes with a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or fifty $100 prizes. The contest runs through December 31.
Prodigy Internet will be on display during next week's Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada in booth number S3050.
Prodigy Internet is available at two prices: The Unlimited Plan, which costs $19.95 a month, and provides unlimited untimed access to both the Internet and Prodigy Internet content and functionality; and the Basic 10, which costs $9.95 a month and provides ten hours' usage, with additional hours beyond 10 priced at $2.50 each.
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