NOW YOU CAN CATCH UP ON YOUR WEBWARE
WEB SURFERS HAVE BEEN enjoying the Internet as a veritable smorgasbord of free software. Every week, it seems, there's a new Web browser or browser add-in delivering some function such as audio or video. But how does one keep up with the latest versions of those different programs, many of which require updating from different places on the Web?
Manageable Software Services Inc. may have the answer, with its new Catch-UP service. First, you have to grab a copy of the company's scanner program, which searches the hard disk on your Windows-based PC and prepares a list of Web-oriented programs. Then submit the list, over the Web, to the Catch-UP server. That machine keeps track of 500 popular free programs on the Net. Based on your list, it will then alert you by E-mail to any new version and provide a hyperlink to the site. Manageable, based in Palo Alto, Calif., plans to build subscribership by offering the service for free. Later, it plans to sell ads or even collect commissions on sales of software initiated through its service.
EDITED BY IRA SAGER By John Verity
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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