Low-scale desktop software pushed again as Windows alternative

SOMERS, N.Y. — The idea is straightforward: Instead of giving employees computers packed with features they rarely use, companies could save tons of cash by distributing simple machines tied to powerful central servers.

Computing vendors have had marginal success over the years with variations of this “thin client” concept. Now IBM Corp. is betting that with some tweaks, the technology can become a big hit, challenging the traditional approach pushed by Microsoft Corp.

IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc., which also offers a server-based computing system, the Java Desktop, insist their efforts aren’t a direct stab at Microsoft’s huge – and hugely profitable – presence on corporate desktop computers.

Link: SeattlePI.com