Dell, HP and IBM are selling computers with a new “trusted computing” feature which allows applications to lock data to specific computers. If you are in a business that wants to ensure data never leaves a certain computer(s) then this is something you would want to look at.
However, Cnet writes But Microsoft’s plans to take advantage of the technology have been delayed, meaning the software heavyweight likely won’t get behind it until the release of Longhorn, the Windows update scheduled for next year.
That leaves hardware makers in a rare position: They are leading Microsoft, rather than working to support one of the software giant’s initiatives.
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