PointCast has tapped Excite to build a directory for its forthcoming Connections service, which will enable information from any Website to be pushed to users of the PointCast Network.
The Connections enhancements will provide IS managers with tools to better control and manage what is pushed to enterprise desktops, according to PointCast officials.
PointCast announced the Connections service at Internet World last month. It allows users to subscribe to any Web page or site through the PointCast Network. PointCast users previously could only receive information collected by PointCast.
Connections, which does not charge publishers for transmitting their content to PointCast users, has signed up 1000 Web publishers. The service will be available with PointCast's new client, which is due to begin beta testing this quarter.
Excite's directory will let PointCast users navigate and search Connections' Web content. The company will also offer reviews of popular Connections content.
PointCast also announced plans to use the Internet content advisory system of the Recreational Soft-ware Advisory Council (RSAC), at http://www.rsac.org/, to rate the Connections content. The RSAC will provide a rating system that will allow IS managers to limit material deemed offensive or inappropriate for workplace consumption.