MILLBRAE, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- UserLand Software announced the release of Radio UserLand, software that brings, for the first time, the power of Web Services and XML to the personal computer desktop. "Radio is a turning point for the Internet," said Dave Winer, CEO of UserLand Software. "It provides information distribution power that was previously centralized on services like Yahoo and eBay. Radio is as familiar and easy to use as the popular websites, and since the software is running on the user's desktop, it offers unprecedented performance and security. Having control of your data means that you can easily switch to new services, and your data is safe on your computer under your control." UserLand is working with Microsoft and others to facilitate both XML-based interoperability conventions and a new generation of Web Services built on those standards. "Radio UserLand is at the sweet spot of the next generation of the Internet, bringing together XML-based web services, a decentralized approach to computing and the power of software," said Charles Fitzgerald, director of business strategy in the platform strategy group at Microsoft. "This next generation of the Internet promises more control for end users and renewed opportunity for developers." Radio is a powerful news publishing and routing tool that runs on the desktop, patterned after the easy to use "weblog" concept pioneered by UserLand, and supports web services protocols such as SOAP and XML-RPC, co-developed by Microsoft, Developmentor, IBM and the open source development community. Radio comes with a built-in XML-based application that streams news from authoritative publications such as Red Herring, Wired News, Salon, CNN, Reuters, the San Jose Mercury-News, Motley Fool, Internet.Com, and from news sites such as Tomalak's Realm, AppleSurf, Slashdot.Org, XML.Com, Freshmeat and Scripting News. Thousands of compatible XML-based news feeds are available in RSS format, co-developed by UserLand and Netscape. Glenn Fleishman, freelance reporter for the New York Times, Fortune, Wired and The Seattle Times, said "I've installed Radio UserLand and I'm already blown away. I feel like I've entered an entirely new world. This is akin to running Mozilla back in April 1994. Wow." Radio UserLand is available for free download at http://radio.userland.com/. A subsequent version to be released in Q3 2001 will be available as a commercial product. UserLand Software, http://www.userland.com/, incorporated in 1988, is turning the Web into an easy to use writing environment with Frontier, high-end content management software that can host thousands of dynamic multi-author websites; Manila, a browser-based content management application; and Radio UserLand a desktop web application server. UserLand is also active in standards processes relating to distributed computing, in partnership with Microsoft, IBM, Developmentor and Netscape, and is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium. UserLand is a privately held company based in Millbrae, CA. CONTACT: Robert Bierman of UserLand Software, Inc., 650-697-5263, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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