David Pool, founder of Spry, has launched a new company, Datachannel, to directly challenge Pointcast, the Internet News Network that pushes information onto your desktop.
Coining a new buzzword, Pool said Datachannel will provide 'nomadic' content management tools that enable companies to provide round-the-clock information to their employees. ?While Pointcast provides a useful product for consumers, we believe there is a need to offer tools that let business managers customise content and presentation for their companies,? said Pool.
Datachannel?s products are now entering beta test, and will not be commercially available until early 1997. In the meantime Pointcast is already firmly established in the market. There are already 1.7 million registered viewers on the Pointcast network and just two weeks ago the company started shipping Pointcast 1-serve, which lets companies broadcast corporate news to their employees.
Datachannel?s products are based on open standards and will include secure automated log-on. They will allow users to log on to the information from the road or the comfort their own homes. The client software will be free to individual users and compatible with both Microsoft and Netscape servers.
Spry was the company which created Internet In A Box, the first Internet software package, and was last year sold to online service provider Compuserve.
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