A new email service has been unveiled by teltrust.com to help implement a "no surfing" approach to Net usage in the workplace.
Called dotNet, the service helps companies to set up a domain name and delivers Internet messages to the in-boxes of several popular email packages including WordPerfect Office, Novell GroupWise, Lotus cc:Mail, and Microsoft Mail. This way, corporate users can use the Net to send and receive messages without having to install Internet-access or any separate email clients.
Officials from teltrust.com say the service will help companies that want Internet messaging but don't want their workers distracted by the attractions of Web surfing.
USA Today recently published a survey conducted by Yahoo and Jupiter Communications which estimated that workers spend an average of 9.7 hours per week idly surfing the Net on company time. The same survey said that email accounts for 91 percent of online usage.
Company officials said the service also provides security without requiring a firewall because messages go through the dotNet server before delivery.
The service is based on a $99 flat monthly fee and a $50 one-time setup fee for up to 33 users. Additional users are $3 each per month, but every user after 150 is free.