NEW YORK (06/29/2000) - A Web-based personal information manager can't do everything, but Visto Corp. wants to try. The online organizer and communications platform has added unified messaging and Web-to-telephone calls to its existing arsenal of services, and unveiled the update at PC Expo here this week.
Earlier this year, Visto made its service available through wireless devices.
This week's additions further the company's goal of bringing you anytime, anywhere access to the communications tools you need, says Brian Bogosian, Visto's president and chief executive officer.
With Visto, you already could access your calendar, e-mail, address book, and tasks from any Web-enabled PC or wireless device, including phones that support wireless application protocol. You can set up your Visto account to access up to three different e-mail services, and it works with POP3 accounts, as well as Microsoft Corp. Exchange, Lotus Development Corp. cc:Mail, and other MAPI e-mail accounts.
Now you can use Visto to access all of your messages--not just the ones that arrive by e-mail.
Visto's unified messaging will collect all of your messages, whether they come by phone, fax, or e-mail, in one in-box. All of the messages are accessible from any Web-enabled device. You must select a local access number from Visto, and then choose a ten-digit personal extension number and a PIN.
Visto has also added a voice-over-IP function, through a partnership with Dialpad.com. This technology lets you make Web-to-telephone calls directly from the Visto Web site by highlighting a contact in your address book and clicking "dial."
If the number is not already in your address book, you can enter it on the pop-up keypad that appears on the screen.
The service is free for both local and long-distance calls, and works without any downloads or installations. All you need is a sound card, headset, and microphone.
In addition to the PIM functions, Visto offers 15MB of free online storage space to customers, who can store documents and digital files of any format.