Its family of "Internet Connectivity" products is designed to be embedded inside a wide range of devices that let users view and publish information on the Net.
The strategic shift is no surprise. In October, the company announced it would focus future efforts on Internet devices and warned investors that the new emphasis might hurt short-term profits.
"We feel the market for connecting non-PCs will dwarf the PC market," said Randy Littleson, Spyglass vice president of marketing. "People are moving to HTML and HTTP because of their pervasiveness and ease of use. Some of these uses are brand-new, but others are because you can do things better, easier, quicker, or cheaper using Internet technologies."
The company's strategy reflects its view that the PC market for Web browsers and servers is no longer a growth opportunity, so it's looking to new sectors for revenue.
Spyglass said it would create Internet infrastructure software to deliver better performance for device users as well as applications for Internet collaboration and communications, including its SurfWatch content filtering software, content conversion, and email. No further details on infrastructure or applications were offered in the announcement.
Consistent with its October announcement, Spyglass also said today it would expand service offerings to device customers, manufacturers, networking hardware vendors, and Internet service providers. Spyglass also signaled its intent to open new channels beyond its current OEM relationships by announcing a partnership with Unidirect, a computer products reseller, to create a new service, Spyglass Direct.
The company's new connectivity suite for Internet devices includes the following: