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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Road Ahead

As of the writting of this blog post, the 2000s decade is coming to an end. As we exist this decade, we are also entering a new era of getting things done. We will be using more online services and web applications in the next decade. Companies will be using stragties similar to Microsoft's own "Software+Services" stragty. Where we will continue using the richness of software alongside online services.
We will also be using more mobile devices similar to what we have today. Instead of these smartphones that we have today. We will be using devices that are larger in form factor and less expensive. They will be in a form factor similar to a Tablet PC. It will be the next generation of the tablet. A larger, more powerfull and less expensive tablet. That uses both multi-touch input along with stylus input. It will also a wireless carrier modem, so you can have anytime, anwhere Internet access. In five years, I can see us using basic tablet that are the size and price of paper notebooks. It will much more effienct and easier to maintain.
Almost a decade ago, Microsoft developed the tablet form factor and revealed it to the public. At the time, people mocked it as a joke. No one knew that it would start catching on again, almost a decade later. During the 1990s, we had similar mobile devices to what we have today like the Apple Newton. But they never cotch on to the cosumer market. Eventuraly, those mobile devices died out. It was not untill the late 2000s, that they started catching on again. The technology was too pritive then but now we are at the perfect level to starting embrassing it again.
If you have read Bill Gate's book, The Road Ahead. You will notice, that he was able to predict many of today's communtion and content standards. We are reilying on the Internet more and more each day for our communtion and content. Some people have unsubsribed to their channel providers. Now, that they can access many of their favorite shows online. Also, if you have not noticed many of those movie rental have gone out of bus during the last year or two. Due to the success of the growing online rental service, Netflix. Where you pay a small amount of money each month and you are able to access a certaina amount of movies for as long as you want. You can chose to a rent the movie and have it shipped to you. Or more recently, you can have the money stremed to your computer via a Internet connection. 
When something new comes along, many people bash it and refuse to adapt it. It takes awhile untill they finally are forced to move to the new way of getting things done.
People these days want to access to their content anytime and anywhere these days wheather their at work or school. Such online web applications like Google Docs have coth on with consumers. Even tho, it is not even close to offering the full functionaly of Microsoft Office. It still is able to provide the basic functioanlly that users need and they are able to access at anytime via a Internet connection. Thats say they are at their Grandma's house and she does not have Microsoft Office installed on her computer. That is not a problem, you can simply launch a web browser and logon to Google Docs. You can then edit your document and print it out.
It is amazing what difference a few years can make. A short while ago, USB flash drives were all the range and now they are already being phased out by online storage solutions such as Windows Live SkyDrive. Where you do not have to worry about the expense of a flash drive and do not need to worry about forgetting it at home or work.
The battle for the cloud is coming to a conclusion just like the war with hardware manufractors during the 1980s. We have had a simlar battle during the 1990s and 2000s, where their were many online service providers that failed and only a few that surived. The remain companies left are Microsoft and Google. Yahoo! is a shinking ship, that have failed to catch on with today's web standards. I am sure that twenty years from now, we will look back at this time as a major transistion period for many companies.  

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