2011 Technology Predictions
2010 was a great year for technology with an explosion of smartphones, tablets, and controller-less gaming. The following are some intriguing possibilities for 2011:
- Cloud computing will continue to increase with Microsoft Office 365 adding 15 million users
- Google Apps will add more corporate features and 9 million more users.
- Unified messaging will still be hot with iPhone doubling the number of units sold through Verizon.
- Despite the increase, Droid will have similar numbers and Windows Phone 7 a 40% increase in sales for larger tiles, faster operation, and best corporate integration.
- RIMM will decommission proprietary Blackberry messaging in favor of Microsoft ActiveSync to ensure survival.
- Virtualization of core systems will be even more the norm with Microsoft Hyperv continuing to take dominant market share to the detriment of VMWare.
- Usage of HTML 5 for websites will begin in earnest marking the eventual demise of Java, Flash, and Silverlight.
- Network security and data protection will be a key concern as both iPhone and Droid will suffer a massive virus attack.
- Apple will release a gaming device and Google a new gaming marketplace, but Microsoft will continue to dominate with Xbox/Live.
- Windows 7 x64 will be the defacto standard workstation operating system by the end of 2011.