Speaking at today's [Thursday] Windows XP launch, Intel's John Woodget, UK and Eire managing director, made the case for Windows XP and Intel's Pentium 4 as the platform of choice to an audience of IT professionals.
He argued that increased security and encryption required more processing power, and that digital cameras, digital video, and ripping MP3 files to CDs would drive adoption in the home, then it would filter through to business.
He compared digital home entertainment with computer games and the Internet, the two apps which he said had driven the need for increased processing power and functionality in recent years.
Woodget said that those who claimed home users did not need more power from their PCs were ignoring the lessons of history. Quoting remarks by a London Business School professor, he said: "Those that live by the sword, get shot."
Woodget also added that increased security would drive the need for more power. He said: "The summer of 2001 will have a massive impact on the IT industry."
"Everything is going to be encrypted, everything is going to be compressed and then decompressed, on the fly and in the background, putting a strain on the processor." He added that XML would mean a massive increase in data sets.
Woodget finished by telling the audience of IT professionals that processing power has improved by 213 per cent over the past three years and that applications would continue to evolve.
He said: "You're making decisions now about machines that will be running applications three, four years from now. Overload is a real risk - make sure you roll out a platform that lasts."
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