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intranet


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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  intranet 
 
    Any  {network}  which  provides  similar  services 
  within  an  organisation  to  those  provided  by  the  {Internet} 
  outside  it  but  which  is  not  necessarily  connected  to  the 
  Internet.  The  commonest  example  is  the  use  by  a  company  of 
  one  or  more  {World-Wide  Web}  servers  on  an  internal  {TCP/IP} 
  network  for  distribution  of  information  within  the  company. 
 
  Since  about  1995,  intranets  have  become  a  major  growth  area  in 
  corporate  computing  due  to  the  availability  of  cheap  or  free 
  commercial  {browser}  and  {web  server}  software  which  allows 
  them  to  provide  a  simple,  uniform  {hypertext}  interface  to 
  many  kinds  of  information  and  {application  programs}. 
 
  Some  companies  give  limited  access  to  their  intranets  to  other 
  companies  or  the  general  public.  This  is  known  as  an 
  "{extranet}". 
 
  (1997-07-14) 
 
 




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