2008 will be the year of user-friendliness
by zibistor - 1/4/08 1:33 AM
In Reply to: 2008 predictions by thriftyT
First of all, Firefox 3 will kill IE 7 once and for all (hopefully).
Because the only good thing IE has is looks, and if you go back a few years, Netscape looked better than IE, but IE won. Firefox is already better, but version 3 will rule.
Vista will finally get into the flow.
Because the biggest issue with Vista, that is compatability, is gradually being come over. And folks, Vista rules in user-friendliness. Also, some of the new updates have greatly increased multimedia capabilities (like editing ID3 tags in the explorer).
iPhone will be knocked out by solid competition.
The main reason is Apple's extreme dependency on iTunes. Take a look at most other phones - they allow transfer of music, pictures, videos, etc in so many easier ways!! I agree that the interface is great but then there IS something called user-friendliness. Aplle has a history of success ONLY because of eye-candy. The iPod didn't have so much of compettition, so it thrived, but the iPhone has simply too much of competition. By the end of the year it will become like what the MotoRAZR became - a good budget phone(if they think of price-cuts, that is). It will not be in the race of the high-end phones.
Loyalty to the iPod will increase
Take one look at an iPod, and you know its a dozen times better than competition from almost every angle. The new ones simply increase the high notch of user-friendliness further.
Internet-based multimedia piracy will keep on increasing
Its been this way ever since the times of Napster. Music buffs still like using P2Ps like Limewire and Bearshare.
Blu-Ray will take over HD DVD by the end of the year
See, if the difference in capacity was 10 or 20 percent, it would be fine, but we are talking about a ratio of 3:5, and that sure is big!!!
And the way High-Def standards are increasing, that extra capacity WILL become important. What's more, check out the players backing Blu-Ray and you'll know it's the big fish.
Hard drive capacities will increase
This is really obvious. If you look back, you'll see that capacities approximately double every two years.
Linux gets a boost
People are going in for cheaper stuff. Maybe not on the PC, but Linux-based OSes are becoming popular on more and more devices.
GPS comes into the limelight
With convergence devices like the Nokia N95, people now know about GPS, and its a very convenient technology, so it will grow.
Canon remains a hit
Look at Canon printers and cameras. You know they rule. Faster and better quality printers, combined with user-friendly cameras with higher quality than all competition will keep the crown on Canon's head as far as photos go.
These are my Tech predictions for the year 2008
Happy New Year!
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