As school administrators consider ways to make technology more accessible to more students--and as broadband networks continue to play a larger role in the delivery of everyday instruction--information technology (IT) experts contend a new "game-changing" technology is poised to alter the paradigm of software administration and IT management in schools, shaking up a market notorious for its resistance to change.

At its most basic level, the concept, known as "software virtualization," allows network administrators to run software applications previously dependent upon a specific hardware platform--such as Microsoft Windows or Apple's Macintosh operating system (OS)--on network-connected devices that do not support the


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