Like the ISP movement of the early '90s, the applications service provider (ASP) movement could be huge. Network-hosted applications could completely change the way we buy, sell, live, and interact with businesses and people. The question is: how will it impact and when? Last week's announcements at NetWorld+Interop 99 underscored the momentum behind this movement in the US.
Stories by Daniel Briere and Christine Heckart
Sun Microsystems and Microsoft continue to do battle for the dominant positions in the consumer electronics and home network markets. Over the next 20 years, these consumer markets could dwarf the business network and computer industries. But the consumer's requirements are different from those of the business user.