So far, its vision for the future has remained so-so.
BY TOM KRAZIT, IDG NEWS SERVICE
IF THE HYPE IS to be believed, the widespread adoption of the wireless
Internet will change the way PCs, handhelds and websites are sold, and
will alter how computer users live, work and play.
What's interesting is that the hype persists. Maybe it's the lack of
much else to cheer about in IT these days. Vendors are offering a
future vision of "hot spots" everywhere so that home computer users
move unencumbered from room to room while mobile workers can keep
plugging away from airports, restaurants and, according to Intel's
latest marketing blitz, football stadiums and swimming pools.
But even members of the Wi-Fi Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of
vendors involved in the wireless market, acknowledge that obstacles
must be cleared before wireless networking becomes part of the
mainstream corporation's IT budget, or part of a consumer's monthly
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