www.symantec.com Computer and electronics stores may look considerably less cluttered in a few years, because aisles now packed six feet high with software boxes will be gone. That's one likely outcome of the growing trend toward ``software as a service,'' or SaaS for short. Symantec, best known for its Norton line of computer security software, Monday becomes the latest company to dive into SaaS with a new online subscription service with the code name Genesis.
Because the software is delivered over the Internet, SaaS will spare computer users from having to buy and install software on discs, then having to worry a few months later about whether the program is out of date. Software companies will instead distribute and manage their products through the Internet, with no user intervention required.