NewsGator Slips RSS Behind the Firewall

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-08-05 Print this article Print

The RSS aggregator rolls out a version of its service that's outfitted with enterprise-level security, manageability and deployment.

RSS aggregator NewsGator Technologies Inc. on Thursday released NewsGator Enterprise Server, a version of its public NewsGator Online Services thats geared to operate within a business environment. NewsGator has a growing suite of software and services for subscribing to and reading RSS feeds, and it is the purveyor of the podcast receiver FeedStation. Announced in June, FeedStation lets users download podcasts and vlogs (video blogs) automatically to a portable device. NewsGators online services allow users to read their news in Outlook, on the Web, on their mobile phones or via the recently acquired FeedDemon reader, among other devices.
The Enterprise Server, formerly code-named Dino, brings this existing RSS engine to the enterprise with enterprise-level security, manageability and deployment.
It has an option of integrating with Microsoft Corp.s Exchange and Active Directory, which should make deployment easier for enterprise IT departments. In addition, the optional integration will serve up an interface thats familiar to business users. It also means that users will be able to read RSS feeds in Outlook, Outlook Web Access, Pocket Outlook, Entourage and other Exchange-integrated applications, with no need to install additional desktop client software. Consolidation among RSS aggregation is rife as major competitors such as Yahoo and Microsofts MSN division enter the fray. Click here to read more. Meanwhile, the optional integration with Active Directory brings the capability of single sign-on and group administration and management. Getting this into the hands of enterprise users means theyll be able to subscribe to secure internal RSS feeds from business or other systems, as well as any external feeds. NewsGators enterprise version syncs across interfaces that include desktop, mobile and Internet. It also can be personalized for workgroup collaboration, opportunity tracking, business and competitive intelligence, and project management. Microsoft has posted the first installment of a blog to advise developers on creating Web pages and RSS feeds that work correctly with IE 7 and Windows Vista. Click here to read more. Personalized feeds can be created that monitor keywords and URLs for both internal and external communication. To stay afloat in that ocean of incoming intelligence, NewsGator provides organizational capabilities with folders and subfolders. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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