Things to look out for in 2010


James asked everyone in the office if they would mind writing a few sentences on “things to look out for in 2010”. This was just before Christmas, and to be honest I had so much 2009 work to finish that 2010 was the last thing on my mind! Still, I gave it a ponder, and this is what I came up with:

Google phone, Android and Windows Mobile 7

The rumours of the first Google mobile phone are no doubt causing mild palpitations at Apple HQ. Google’s Android operating system is already proving to be the hottest thing since sliced bread with dozens of new Android handsets promised in the first half of 2010. Microsoft will be hoping they can regain some ground with their long overdue operating system Windows Mobile 7, and I don’t expect Apple will be resting on its iPhone laurels either. 2010 promises to be an exiting year for smartphones and mobile web browsing.

Silverlight 4

We’re already up to version 4 of Microsoft’s take on Flash (though I don’t think the folks at Redmond like to hear Silverlight described that way!) Until now there’s been no sign of Silverlight upsetting Flash’s position as the ubiquitous technology in this space, but with the hotly anticipated version 4 just around the corner, 2010 might just be the year that Silverlight comes of age.

Chrome OS

Web browser as operating system? For me personally this feels like a step backwards in time, not forward. Anyone remember dumb terminals and mainframes? No? Anyone? Ok, just me then. But if anyone can pull it off it’s Google, so I’ll be keeping my eye on this. If nothing else it might result in increased usage of Google’s Chrome web browser – yet another platform to test against!

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I guess if the list was aimed at a more technical audience I might have added .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. Saying that, I’m not much of an early adopter when it comes to technology, and don’t tend to do a lot of future-gazing. I have enough work in the present to keep me busy without spending too much time daydreaming about the future ;o)