Netscape previews new communicator module

Netscape is readying a new component for its Netscape Communicator software suite designed to help users organise applications and automatically trawl the Internet for information.

Netscape is readying a new component for its Netscape Communicator software suite designed to help users organise applications and automatically trawl the Internet for information.

The new component, code-named Constellation, was previewed by company head Jim Barksdale during a keynote speech yesterday at Comdex.

Constellation is designed to let users merge and customise desktop and network information, tune into netcasted content and receive information from across the Internet, according to Barksdale.

"We are entering the third wave of the Internet, where electronic mail and groupware with all the richness of the Web are key elements of computing," Barksdale says.

Constellation, which will run on Windows and Macintosh operating systems, lets users launch desktop applications and bring down information from the Internet by clicking on buttons positioned on the side of a PC display.

The product allows users to input key words, which the software then uses to automatically update and transmit Web pages to the desktop.

Working with the Communicator and Netscape SuiteSpot client/server technology for email and groupware, Constellation also allows users to punch in passwords on any machine running the software in order to bring down their own customised information.

The software is also designed to work with Marimba and PointCast "push" technology, using agents and user-defined parameters to automatically search for information on the Internet and download the information onto users' desktops, according to Netscape.

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