Backweb, makers of push software has released two Microsoft interfaces in an attempt to drive its software into the corporate market.
Users will be able to view channels available on its Backweb push software from either a Microsoft Outlook or Internet Explorer 4 front end. This provide users with a single interface to distribute content and receive all Web-based and corporate information.
?It?s all about desktop adaptability and users? habits. If the user spends most of their time in Excel, for example, they should be able to receive information in that application,? said Mikki Nasch, director of business development at Backweb.
IE4 has its own channels, but Backweb insists that it is not competing with Microsoft, but is offering users greater choice. Instead of opening up a second application they can get all information in a single framework. However, there is some overlap between information offered through IE4 and Backweb channels.
Backweb?s software is compatible with both Netscape and Microsoft browsers, but as Microsoft has open APIs it has been easier to create these interfaces.
Nasch was not worried about Backweb?s future with Microsoft and its browser if it took the decision to close its APIs on the next version of IE.
?We have a relationship with Microsoft. They have always shared code with us, both public code and private code, as with Outlook. It?s a partnership, if they close APIs in the future then they will open up something else for us,? she said.
Netscape has recently developed an open API but Nasch said there will not be any Netscape interfaces in the next couple of releases of Backweb?s software.
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