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PointCast Provides Publishing Outlets for the Corporate and Academic Markets, Announce Next-Generation Client

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PointCast Provides Publishing Outlets for the Corporate and Academic Markets, Announce Next-Generation Client

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PointCast, Inc. has announced that a beta version of its next-generation client, the PointCast Network version 2.0, is available immediately as a free download from the company's Web site (http://www.pointcast.com). Version 2.0 of the PointCast Network represents the culmination of extensive viewer feedback and significant performance enhancements. PointCast's next-generation client is optimized for corporate use and offers the following major benefits:

Native, 32-bit application for faster performance in 16-bit and 32-bit environments, including Windows NT

An open, standards-based architecture that supports Webcasts and lets companies create business-to-business extranet broadcasts by selecting Webcasts from desired partners and suppliers

Innovative user interface enhancements for more flexible operation

Native integration with Microsoft Internet Explorer for seamless Web browsing

PointCast also announced the open beta availability of a new content creation tool, PointCast Studio, which is available immediately as a free download. PointCast Studio lets Webcasters enhance their Connection by creating customized SmartScreens and animated promotions that run in the Connections ChannelViewer. Corporations can also use this tool to create SmartScreens and highimpact commercials to run on their internal company channel on the PointCast Network.

For the first time, according to the company, Web publishers of any size can become Webcasters and broadcast their content to PointCast's large, active viewership via any standard Web server. Webcasting via PointCast Connections is free and requires no application development or proprietary servers.

PointCast Connections is based on the Channel Definition Format (CDF), the open standard that Microsoft recently submitted for approval to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The Connections superchannel, which will include the sites or channels a viewer specifies, will run consistently and seamlessly alongside other PointCast channels, like CNN News, Companies, and Weather, as well as alongside internal company news broadcasts via a corporate intranet.

Webcasters can use PointCast Connections to support a subscription-based business model via standard HTTP authentication. …

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