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Bates also admitted that Dell is keeping abreast of the idea but is not convinced that consumers are demanding such devices. "Everything that we're hearing, whether it be PC or a laptop, continues to be the preferred method to access the web in terms of the multimedia capability."
On the horizon, consumers can expect to see more of what they had in 1999, as well as the fruition of what has been promised, especially in the areas of home networking and broadband Internet connection.
"Because of Internet connection sharing being a built-in part of the operating system with Windows 98, second edition, the whole idea of home networking is dramatically increasing," said Howe of CompUSA PC.