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The computer desktop will rule as the content platform of choice next year. With Microsoft's Active Desktop, Web updates automatically will be delivered to the PC from "premier providers" like PointCast and MSNBC and other sites selected by the user.

Active Desktop will be part of the Internet Explorer 4.0 browser, appearing in the first half of the year. It's expected to radically change the way Internet users get their information.

That and other "push" technologies will represent a $220 million ad market in 2000, according to Yankee Group.

So, forget work. We'll spend our time clicking through newly arrived content and banner ads. Active Desktop and its brethren could be the biggest productivity killers since Minesweeper and Solitaire.

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