[Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2000] – Web navigation service provider SpotOn has signed a strategic alliance
with online investment resource InvestorWeb, in a move to offer
investors greater access to information through its site.
Under the deal, SpotOn will supply its Web management software for free
download via a link at the InvestorWeb site, which offers finance news,
stock data, live community forums and information on managed funds and other
SpotOn is an enhancement to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser
designed to accelerate and organize Web navigation. It allows the user to
record favorite sites and links and compile them into a ‘tour’ or list.
Pre-cached pages within this tour can then load more quickly, allowing the
user faster access to favorite or regularly sought information.
While the service is currently available for free download, SpotOn plans to
eventually charge users for a premium version of the product, or for group
licenses across an organization.
This service will allow InvestorWeb to provide rapid access to current
information as a value-add to its subscribers. “Users will be able to view
their stock’s performance in real time as well as a constantly updating
news service via a special window which can be visible at all times no
matter which site the user is viewing,” said Mark Maley, director of online
and media services at InvestorWeb.
The investment site also plans to deliver ‘tours’ of several
relevant Web pages across its five business segments, which include online
financial and media services, software and development and financial
According to SpotOn Asia Pacific manager of business development,
Phillip Relf, the InvestorWeb alliance is the first of a series of
strategic partnerships it has planned. “The provision of our free software
on sites with high traffic flow is part of our commitment to providing this
cut-through technology to an ever-broadening base of users,” he said.