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Last Updated 7/27/00 7:39 PM PST

New Service Trial  (Starts Friday 7/28/00)

There are four components to the service release:

  1. New Centers were added.  Centers are located at the bottom of your Home page.  An example of a Center is WebTV Today, News, Sports, Entertainment, etc.
  2. Format changes were made to the Mail, Favorites and Discuss pages.
  3. Low Usage Billing Plan.  (More information later)

As a Previewer, we need you to help us verify that our new features did not break an existing feature as well as ensure that the new feature is working as expected.  I will be posting specific features that I would like you to respond to in the newsgroups.  If you identify an actual bug, please file a problem report.

Post responses to these questions in the newsgroup:

  • Tell me if you like the new Home Page layout.
  • Can you find the Center you are looking for?
  • Is the new navigation drop down menu easy to use?

Below are some specific things I would like you to try.  This information is posted to the newsgroup as well as your home page.  If you identify an actual bug, please file a problem report.  Thanks!


  1. Go to each Center posted on the Home page, including those in the drop down menu.
  2. And verify that the links from the home page to the specific centers are functional (Does the link take you to the correct page?)
  3. Are the listed features on the centers functional?  (Can you actually use the feature?)
  4. Did anything else in the service malfunction? (For example, some Previewers discovered that if the Remote Mail Password was of a certain length, that they experienced email and pagebuilder problems)

Auto  (New Center)

  1. Try getting a quote on a new car.
  2. Personalize your page for your car.  (My Car tab on the Autos page)
    • Obtain information about your personal car.
    • Get recall history
    • Get car's estimated Blue Book value
    • Reminder when to change your oil or service.
  3. Select "Add a vehicle"

Games  (New Center)

  1. Play, play play!
    • There are a lot of games available for you to use.  Please play as many games as possible.
    • One section we would like you to try is the "Classic Games module.  Go to these pages and make sure that you ca\ n actually play the games.
    • PM pong under Classic arcade games is one of my favorites! :-)
    • Contests
      • Play Lucky Surf
      • You will need to register in order to play.
      • LuckySurf.com will not distribute your personal information.
      • LuckySurf.com will email your results to you on the days that you play.

      Sports  (Modification of existing center)

      1. Basic test plan is to verify that the links on this center are functioning.  Following are some detailed requests:
      2. Find out whether your favorite team won yesterday's or today's game.
      3. Read about the day's top sports news.
      4. Find out what sporting events are happening that night.
      5. Choose to receive regular updates on you favorite teams.
      6. Answer sports trivia questions.
      7. Communicate with sports personalities and other sports fans.
      8. Participate in fantasy leagues.
      9. Listen to audio Web casts.

      Travel  (New Center)

      1. Use the different features offered.
      2. Verify that the links on this center are functioning and that you are able to use the provided features.
      3. Go to "Plan a Trip"
        • Use "Find Flight Schedules and Prices"
        • As well as: "Or use the menus below to find the best fares others are finding on popular routes."
        • Is it clear to you what the difference is between these two features?

      Please remember:

      To include the kind of box that you are using when you post to the Newsgroup (i.e. LC2, Sprout, etc).

      HI everyone,

      The IHOP trial has now ended. Thank you so much for all your hard work. With your help, we have successfully released the Remote WebTV Mail features. I have filed a few feature requests as the result of your feedback.

      Feature Requests Filed:

      1. Currently, WebTV only allows you to fetch email from one account. Previewers would like to be able to fetch from several mail accounts. They would also like a drop down menu so they can choose which POP account to fetch (Outlook and Outlook Express has this functionality).
      2. Request to be able to fetch mail from mail boxes other than their Inbox i.e. Saved folder.
      3. Request to be able to use a pocket mail device to fetch email i.e. "Sharp TM20 pocketmail device."

      In order to wrap up this trial, I would like you all to complete the following short survey. Some of the questions appear to be duplicates, but they pertain specifically to the mail program you are using, so those of you using more than one mail program can provide focused feedback:

      IHOP Survey

      Thanks! Jarrod

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