Sausage snags Netscape bundling deal

New Zealander Steve Outtrim's Sausage Software has delivered some welcome good news to shareholders in the shape of a global bundling deal with Netscape. The deal comes only weeks after Sausage confirmed earlier predictions of trading losses of nearly $A3 million for the year to June 30. Sausage told the Australian Stock Exchange that revenues had been 11% below forecast, in part because of 'unanticipated delays in finalising various software bundling agreements.'

New Zealander Steve Outtrim's Sausage Software has delivered some welcome good news to shareholders in the shape of a global bundling deal with Netscape.

The deal comes only weeks after Sausage confirmed earlier predictions of trading losses of nearly $A3 million for the year to June 30. Sausage told the Australian Stock Exchange that revenues had been 11% below forecast, in part because of "unanticipated delays in finalising various software bundling agreements."

The Netscape deal sees one of the company's "snaglets", a small application called Jackhammmer, included with the retail version of Netscape Communicator.

Jackhammer helps Web users get onto a very busy or overloaded site by repeatedly "hammering" it with requests until a connection is established. The program runs in the background, so users can visit other sites or carry out other tasks while it seeks connections.

Outtrim, the founder and CEO of Sausage says the fact that Jackhammer is to be bundled with "the most successful computer program of all time ... will dramatically boost our user base and significantly enhance our ability form future strategic partnerships in the US."

The Netscape announcement follows an earlier agreement with US ISP Mindspring, which will distribute HotDog Express, an entry-level version of Sausage's flagship HTML editor, to its 150,000 customers.

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