PointCast has announced Version 2.5 of its push software, as well as upgraded content services and personalisation.
Most significant among the new features is support for IP multicasting, which allows a machine to send the same stream of information to multiple clients. IP multicasting reduces bandwidth usage -- an area that has slowed PointCast adoption in the past, company officials admit -- and allows for faster updates of time-sensitive data. Another feature lets companies send real-time alerts that appear in a special pop-up window on users' desktops, even when PointCast is minimised.
PointCast has added intelligent channel defaulting, which adds customised default channels based on a user's geographic location; job function or industry; or special interests. During registration, users enter pertinent data and are matched up with a set of default channels. In addition to intelligent channel defaulting, PointCast has added vertical content channels, offering content on the health care; state and local government; and real estate industries. The company also plans to add channels for automotive, banking, consumer markets, federal government, legal, IT, and telecommunication industries.
Vertical content partners include Coopers & Lybrand, Electronic Data Systems, and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Version 2.5 will be available by early April at no charge.
PointCast Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif., can be reached at http://www.pointcast.com.