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What Is a Subscription?

As you learned in Lesson 2, "Navigating the Windows 98 Desktop," Windows 98 offers two different Desktop options. The Active Desktop lets you display active (live) Web content on your Desktop, where it is easily accessible. To select the content you want to display, you set up a subscription. A subscription allows you to obtain current information from an Internet source. The information is refreshed right on your Desktop at intervals you select.

You can display the contents of various channels or the contents of a conventional Web page on your Desktop. A channel is a special Web page that can update itself, changing the Desktop display by constantly adding up-to-date information. The Active Desktop uses push technology—the idea being that, through channels, businesses on the Web can automatically push their information to your computer instead of your having to log onto their Web site and pull the data down.


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