Windows 7 will be a Success
The next release of Windows, codename Windows 7, will be a huge success for Microsoft when it is released in June 2009. Companies who held off on Windows Vista will begin planning efforts to upgrade from 2000/XP to Windows 7. This is only the second time that Microsoft will release both client and server operating systems at the same time – the other was when Windows 2000 was launched in January 2000.
The Windows 7 server operating system will contain an updated version of Microsoft’s server virtualization technology called Hyper-V. Hyper-V 2.0 will attract customers away from VMware because of its cost and several key features that customers have been waiting for, including live migration.
Explosion of Mobile Applications
Historically, recessions have been accompanied by major IT re-platforming. The introduction of minicomputers, personal computers, client/server computing and the Internet – all happened during recessions. This recession will see an explosion in mobile computing.
Mobile email, contacts, calendars and instant messaging are already ubiquitous. The iPhone (along with 3G cellular networks) has now opened the door fully for mobile applications. In 2009, Google’s mobile phone software, Android, will become a stronger player and will drive even more mobile applications to the market. Microsoft will also release a new version of its Windows Mobile operating system, which will rival both the iPhone and Google. There will inevitably be a race to extend every consumer and business application to mobile devices, which will redefine how we interact with software.
Web 2.0 Enters the Enterprise
One of the interesting things for companies today is that the line between using technology at home and at work has blurred; therefore the rate of adoption of Web 2.0 technologies in business has accelerated dramatically. In fact, there is an increased expectation that applications at work will contain the same rich user interfaces and collaboration/social networking capabilities that users have become accustomed to with Facebook, MySpace, MS Live, Twitter, etc. Users now expect that they should be able to take control of content, and see web sites as social gathering points and places to work in teams. The use of technologies like this in the recent presidential campaign has vastly increased awareness of the potential of the collaborative web for change. So we will see a massive adoption of Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise in 2009. For the enterprise, Web 2.0 goes beyond the traditional knowledge-oriented environment where user interactions generate content that is published, managed and used through network applications.
For the enterprise, Web 2.0 goes beyond the traditional knowledge-oriented environment where user interactions generate content that is published, managed and used through network applications. For businesses, Web 2.0 also means seamless, downloadable rich user interfaces, the ability to easily and instantly find anything on the corporate network, extending enterprise applications to mobile devices, etc.