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Netscape, Intraware Sign Upgrade Deal

Netscape Communications Corp. Monday announced it will use Intraware Inc.'s SubscribNet service to distribute software updates to its corporate customers.

As part of the service, Intraware will maintain information about a corporation's products, platforms and preferences and use that data to determine when an update is available. If a client decides they want the update, it is then compressed and encrypted and sent over the Internet. Companies can then distribute the software to corporate users over intranets.

The service will be available by December and will be included with all of Netscape's corporate subscription sales starting Dec. 4.

Netscape paid Intraware an undisclosed sum as part of the year-long partnership. However, customers using Intraware's service to update their Netscape enterprise software will pay no fees.

Debby Meredith, Netscape's senior vice president of customer satisfaction, said the company felt the service should be outsourced to a firm with that expertise.

"Netscape's ability to deliver updates more effectively and efficiently will give customers superior service throughout the lifecycle of our software solutions and provide a more convenient way for customers to manage licenses," she said.