From: Cottrell, Eric (ecottrell_at_Doble.com)
Date: Wed Mar 08 2000 - 11:10:13 EST
I do not know about that but there is an announcement expected in a day
or two that Microsoft is going to take on the big boys in the Game
Console industry. Platform is suppose to be ready in 2001 and can
(of course) connect to the internet out of the box.
Well after Microsoft "won" over IBM I guess they feel they can take on
Sony and the like. I find it interesting that IBM is usually considered
the underdog these days given total IBM revenue is several times
bigger than Microsoft.
I personally doubt the "internet" itself is going to be an operating
system. It is just a bunch of protocols and standards. You could
model an UI on the applications used on the internet. You can make
the computer totally dependant on the internet, like WebTV, but there
are some interesting problems with it. One example is Web TV's owner,
Microsoft, being slow in supporting real audio G2 because it is pushing
it's own formats.
I remember years ago the idea of the "Net" computer where there is
minimum local storage and everything (including Apps) are loaded
>from the net. Unfortunely not everyone in the world has unlimited
local service and of course there are security issues. I think the
idea was partly killed by the cheap storage available.
73 Eric ecottrell_at_doble.com
From: dlillie_at_uswest.net [mailto:dlillie_at_uswest.net]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 8:27 AM
Subject: last night's conference
Does anybody have a spin on what was said at
the silicone valley conference. Is the internet
going to be the operating system? what would
that do to any supposed privacy. using the
internet as a requirement to operate your system
seem a little 1984ish.
ps it did seem like most on the panel were
afraid to rock the microsoft boat
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