Sun Microsystems is betting that schools will one day outsource their technology applications and services to companies over the internet. At this year's National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), held in Atlantic City in June, Sun announced an alliance with more than 20 companies to develop portal sites through which schools can subscribe to computer content and services directly over the web, eliminating the need for on-site support.

Under the SchoolTone Alliance Program, which includes companies such as America Online, The, MediaSeek Technologies, and NetSchools Corp., schools would be able to lease their instructional, administrative, and library services on a per-month


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