Ihug trials online gaming, office technology

Ihug is trialling technology that could allow it to offer rental access to both games and office applications over its broadband network.

Ihug is trialling technology that could allow it to offer rental access to both games and office applications over its broadband network.

In a Friday Fry-Up interview published today on IDGNet, Ihug managing director Nick Wood says the company is working with Israeli-developed software with a view to offering services over its high-speed wireless network.

"We're looking to provide a service where you download a 500Kb thin client onto your PC and when you start playing a game from a Website, it starts playing a game immediately on your screen and it's sending you the information as a cached file, all the time at 256Kbit/s," says Wood.

"So it's like you have the game in your CD drive, without having to download hundreds of megabytes of files. And when you when finish playing it, it disappears. You keep certain bits of it, so the next time you play it it's faster, but it's in a format you can't hack into. You can play say 20 games for a $10 monthly fee.

"You can do the same thing with office software - any product can be converted to use this way."

Wood says the company would like to provide a suite of software available for lease or rental by customers.

In the interview, Wood also says the company is moving on from the its failed Force with Force Corporation, which appeared to founder on shareholder nerves about technology companies.

"We've got a fair amount of cash and a strategic plan and we're not really going to waste a lot of time focusing on those sort of things for the rest of this year," says Wood.

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