Microsoft has made another move on to Netscape?s turf with the announcement that the next release of Internet Explorer (IE) will come complete with news feeds from Santa Clara-based Internet broadcasting company Pointcast.
Internet Explorer 4.0 Active Desktop will bundle Pointcast Network to send customised news and information feeds to idle desktops. IE 4.0 is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 1997.
The tie-up, which was revealed at the Internet World trade show in New York on Wednesday, comes less than a month after Netscape announced plans to carry Pointcast content on its own browser, Navigator. A Netscape spokesman claimed most users of Pointcast software used Navigator and would continue to do so.
But the tie-up with Microsoft has put the brakes on plans to include Pointcast as a provider for Constellation, Netscape?s own Internet broadcast software which will ship next year. Christopher Hassett, Pointcast?s chief executive, said the company was dedicated to making Microsoft?s Active Desktop work and so would not be providing content for Constellation for the time being.
Pointcast will integrate IE into its own software, which until now has offered Navigator exclusively. In addition, MSNBC, Microsoft?s joint venture with the NBC television network, will become a major content provider to Pointcast.
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