Earlier in the week Jason Slater asked me what would be my top technology predictions for 2008. What an excellent idea for a blog post I thought. Not only that, next year I can look back and realise I know nothing about Information Technology! So, here are Terinea’s technology predictions for 2008!
Offline Mode for Online Applications
As more and more applications are available offline, expect to see the likes of Google Gears to support offline mode for Google Docs, Calendar and Gmail etc. Zoho already offers this feature along with Google Reader. Microsoft will probably also offer similar service soon for its Office Live range. I would also expect Google to add to its docs range, maybe a wiki or project management features.
Apple Marches On
iPhone will continue to make waves in the mobile market. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see details of the iPhone 2 released or even the phone itself. I’ve heard rumours of a digital cameras and graphics tablets in the pipeline, which will be met with the usual Apple hype.
Ultra Cheap Laptops
I’m not talking about the One Laptop Per Child Project, which has me confused to why I can’t purchase one? I’m talking about Asus Eee Laptop which costs £200 and is more than capable of doing the basics. Just last week, I noticed a Dell selling a laptop for £250 with Windows Vista. So next year I expect the £200 laptop market to hot up.
Google will push its OpenSocial to compete with Facebook. Social networks will see an increase adoption, a couple of hyped up media stories about privacy and increased integration with desktop applications, mainstream media and mobiles. I also feel these networks will need to start proving their valuation.
More Power, More Cores
Next year will see four core processors becoming a standard for desktop computers and maybe even feature in high end laptops. Four Core processors can often be found in most new servers, so I would expect to hear talk of 8 cores and maybe even see a release.
A better year for Microsoft
I did say five, but next year Microsoft needs to get a couple of things right. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 needs to be rolled out smoothly, same goes for Windows XP SP3 and not let Windows Server 2008 shipment date slip.
What are your predictions?
To make this post a bit more interesting, I have tagged a couple of other tech related blogs…
I would love to hear your technology predictions for 2008.
If you would like to join in, blog your predictions, leave a comment and I will post an update of everyone’s predictions before Christmas.