Q&A: .NET Alerts Service Delivers Instant Updates

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 8, 2001 -- Today's rollout of the Microsoft .NET Alerts preview promises an improved Internet experience for consumers and businesses. The .NET Alerts service is already live on eBay (http://www.ebay.com) -- the online auction site that boasts 34 million registered users, and one of more than 20 providers who are planning to deploy .NET Alerts to their users. What, exactly, is .NET Alerts, and how does this new Web service fit into Microsoft's overall .NET offering? PressPass spoke with Christopher Payne, vice president of the Microsoft .NET My Services Platform.

PressPass: What is .NET Alerts and how does it work?

Payne: The .NET Alerts service delivers instant, on-screen notification of an event that someone considers important and that might require action. It's a new technology, based on our .NET platform, that makes it easy for people to get personalized alerts at their request. It works by enabling a Web site to send simple XML messages to the .NET Alerts service. This service then intelligently routes the message to a person's desktop computer, cell phone, mobile device or e-mail address, based on his or her preferences and presence

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