Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.By Chris Williams. Published: 6th Aug 2003, 17:30:08 | Permalink | Printable
Sales, PR, support shifted to new company [Updated]Starting from this month, new company Oregano UK Ltd. is now responsible for all sales, marketing and technical support for Oregano 2. Oregano 2 is Castle's flagship web browser, launched in March this year. Oregano UK Ltd. was today appointed by Castle to be Oregano 2's exclusive distributor.
Castle explained that the move means they can focus all of their attention on "selling RISC OS to a wider audience". It's all the more clear now that Castle wish to concentrate fully on pushing RISC OS further into new markets; having acquired RISC OS from Pace, Castle must be eager to find products to get RISC OS onto so it can start earning its keep. A separate company to manage the end user side of Oregano 2 would therefore free up resources in Castle that could be used elsewhere and it gives the Oregano 2 userbase a company dedicated to providing support and sales. It's also good to see Castle ensuring end user support by appointing a separate company to take the reins.
Oregano 1 will however be supported by Castle. TV Interactor, the generic core of Oregano 2 will continue to be developed and produced by Oregan Networks. Oregano 2 is a specific flavour of Oregan's TV Interactor, in this case aimed at desktop RISC OS users. TV Interactor can be found in other totally non-RISC OS products, like the Sony Playstation 2 network kit, we're told.
"Oregano UK have plans to continue the development of Oregano 2 building on the work that Oregan are constantly doing for their generic browser. This will ensure that web browsing on the RISC OS platform is kept as up-to-date as possible", Richard Brown of Oregano UK said today. You might recognise Richard from Genesys, a "well known" RISC OS dealer.
We had a chat to Richard today about Oregano and his new company. He explained he's very keen to see further development of the browser, in particular, he wants to avoid the situation with other RISC OS browsers, and indeed version 1 of Oregano, where development languished or stopped.
He told us that development for RISC OS would continue to be done by Oregan, with his company directing efforts for new releases and new features, although he wouldn't be drawn on dates or specifics of what we might see. This allows Castle to get on with the business of focussing on the Iyonix. Hopefully we'll see some new versions of Oregano soon.
Oregano UK (website seems work in progress at the moment, so email or call them on 01702 462385)
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