March 10, 1997 6:15 PM ET
Astound announces WebCast push tools
By Maria Seminerio

  Startup Astound Inc. today announced its WebCast suite of tools for creating "push" applications.

WebCast enables users to distribute text and multimedia files using a push model over the Internet or corporate intranets, according to officials at Astound in Palo Alto, Calif.

The suite includes the WebCast Studio authoring tool for creating content "channels" and the WebCast Player client for playing specified channels on the user's desktop.

No server software is required to use WebCast, which works with all Windows-based operating systems and firewalls, said Kailash Ambwani, CEO of Astound.

Three versions are available based on the estimated number of clients: WebCast Personal, to be priced at $195, WebCast Professional, at $995, and WebCast Commercial, for $10,000, company officials said.

The WebCast family is scheduled to ship by the end of April.

Astound can be reached at

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