After using client version 2.8 for several weeks now, I can report that I find little or no difference from the 2.7 version. The upgrade was promoted as having better access to secure banking sites and better overall performance. It does seem at times that pages seem to load a little faster. I tried to use the online bill paying at one of my credit card banking sites that I was unable to use before, I found no change there. I have always been able to access my account there, but when I click to make a payment online, I would get a blank page. I still get the same blank page and am still unable to make a payment online at that site. I gave up on online bill paying because even when the sites do work with MSN-TV, it takes so long to step through and load the pages that it's faster and easier to just write a check and drop it in the mail.
I have received some complaints on the 2.8 upgrade regarding the use of IRCs and chat. These complaints are coming from users of the new MSN-TV Classic by RCA. They tell me that their IRCs no longer work and they are having trouble accessing chat rooms other than MSN owned chat rooms. No complaints from Plus users have been received. I thought my IRCs stopped working with the 2.7 upgrade but I haven't used them in a long time and could be wrong.
On the up side, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that now we are able to open .rfc" attachments in email. I submitted a "Feature Request" for .rfc attachment support some time back. Did they actually read and grant it? Speaking of Email, have you seen the double cursor box in your sidebar yet? If you haven't, you will. You'll have one yellow box around "Discard" and another one around "Mail List" at the same time. I've only seen this once so far and didn't click to see which one worked. Just use your cursor keys to join them back together.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: Although my experience with this upgrade has so far been acceptable, you should be aware that I am using an RCA model RW-2110 WebTV "Plus" terminal with 16 Megs of RAM. This upgrade is designed for only newer WebTV units and may not perform well with older units.
"We are no longer making software retrogrades available for our customers. Customers that continue to use older software will lose MSN Chat, MSN Instant Messenger and general Internet functionality due to the ever changing technology on the Web. As a result, we are no longer making software retrogrades available for our customers."
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