The Internet is on the verge of being part of everyday life, but major changes need to be made before it can become a mainstream utility, according to John McFarlane president of Solaris Software.
?We are at an interesting junction in the evolution of the Internet,? McFarlane told delegates at Ebusiness World in Boston. ?While all companies know it is now all about making money, a lot has to be done collectively to bring the Net forward.?
It is predicted that by 2002 more than half the devices used to access the Internet will be non-PC based. However huges demands will be made on the network and the livelihood of service providers.
?The next big breakthrough will be mass market acceptance of the Web and by 2003 over 50 million will be using it,? claimed McFarlane. However, for this to become true, the Internet must become a utility. It must reach the stage where it is taken for granted, much like the water, electricity and phone services today.
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