Radio UserLand brings powerful Internet publishing to desktop users
New software brings the publishing power of centralized Internet servers to
Windows and Macintosh desktop systems. Microsoft collaboration continues to
deliver results for Web users.
MILLBRAE, Calif., Mar. 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
“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
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.