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SJ Mercury/AP: U.N. asked to oversee [ASP] system

May 03, 2000, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander G. Higgins)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"A consortium including AT&T, IBM, Microsoft and about 460 other companies say software that runs on powerful computers accessed via the Internet -- instead of loaded on each PC -- will be widely available in two years from so-called "application service providers."

"The group, called the Application Service Provider Industry Consortium, turned to WIPO earlier this year to help cope with legal complications stemming from the international nature of the Internet, said Traver Gruen-Kennedy, an executive with Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,-based Citrix Systems Inc. Users may use a network server in one country, software in another and a data center in a third country, he said."

"This is very fast-moving," said Gruen-Kennedy. "Internet years are like dog years, we count them seven at a time. One ASP year is seven Internet years."

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