IDG is to use Microsoft’s Active Channels format as the launchpad for its global information service, IDG.net.
IDG has become a premier Active Channel partner for Microsoft's new Web browser platform, Internet Explorer 4.0, and will be launching several other IDG.net services between now and the end of the year, including a channel for Netscape’s Netcaster push technology.
The IDG.net Channel is available immediately to users of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 through the Internet Explorer Channel Guide. IDG.net will be accessible to users of all browsers before the end of this month.
"The objective of IDG.net is to bring IDG's unmatched global technology information resources to users in a way that respects their time," says Laurie Morgan, publisher of IDG.net. Morgan describes Active Channel as “a natural fit” for IDG.net, which innovative personalisation options to stories drawn from IDG's 170 Web sites worldwide.
"Our readers are busy professionals looking for information to support decisions," says Mark Cappel, editor-in-chief of IDG.net. "IDG's unmatched news resources ensure timely coverage of every segment of the industry, while personalisation allows IDG.net's users in-depth access to areas of special interest."
Morgan says the IDG.net Channel “will be an easily-accessible, constantly updated source of information on technology products and markets. Our search and product information tools will save users valuable time.”
You can see IDG.net - for the time being, with Internet Explorer 4.0 only - at http://www.idg.net.