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Chapter Summary

  • With Microsoft's release of its 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Server, we may see a demystification of and increased interest in 64-bit server platforms.

  • With Internet- and Web-based applications demanding more and more bandwidth, we should see a increase in the WAN bandwidth available to companies and institutions, which may necessitate an increase in LAN bandwidth with such technologies as Fast Ethernet.

  • The increase in high-speed yet cost-effective technologies such as DSL and cable modems should eventually lead to the demise of the Internet dial-up connection.

  • Groupware products will evolve into "Webware." Accessing Internet services such as the Web and taking advantage of services on corporate intranets will be the job of the Webware suite products.

  • We are rapidly approaching the day when the lack of available IP addresses will necessitate the adoption of IPv6.

  • IP telephony is rapidly developing into a viable alternative to the regular phone system.

  • With handheld computers becoming more powerful and wireless technologies becoming more available, computing on the run may be dominated in the future by Palm Pilots and Pocket PCs.

  • Peer-to-peer or P2P computing on the Internet will make it much easier for home users and small businesses to share files and communicate in a secure environment using the Internet infrastructure.


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