Companies Seek Alternatives to the Old Desktop PC

IT departments attempt to cut costs by experimenting with thin clients, netbooks, virtual desktops, and other substitutes for traditional computing

Tech executive Parikshit Arora had an unconventional response the morning he discovered that his office computer was no longer working. Rather than fixing it himself or calling in help from the information technology department, he discarded the device. "It wasn't booting up," says Arora, vice-president for technology at iQor, a company that handles call-center work for clients. "I didn't even care to find out why. I threw it away and got another one."

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