Globe and Mail unlocks online content

Saying 'The locks are off,' the newspaper has retired its Globe Insider subscription requirement and made its most popular content accessible to all visitors free of charge.

The columns of Margaret Wente, Christie Blatchford, Jeffrey Simpson and all the rest of the Globe and Mail‘s regulars can now be accessed online free of charge.

The newspaper’s change in policy became effective on May 31, and includes such other popular elements as daily horoscopes, crosswords and Sudoku puzzles, as well as a suite of news-tracking tools.

Simultaneously, Globe Plus – a new paid product – was launched to provide access to three tools: e-Edition (an electronic version of all 14 regional variations of the daily print edition with enhanced browser capabilities); GlobeinvestorGOLD (to help readers maximize their investment prowess with news alerts, access to financial databases, a portfolio tracker to measure ROI, filters to pinpoint stocks to purchase and expert advice); and archive access to 100 articles per month dating back to Jan. 1, 2000.