1. Windows 7 will bring tech out of the doldrums
When Microsoft delivers Windows 7 by Q3 (Quarter 3), it could catalyze the tech economy. This new OS (Operating System) will drive businesses and consumers to new PC and notebook purchases by Q4.
2. Netbook sales will double in 2009
A new MacBook Air notebook computer on display.
Manufacturers should sell 36 to 38 million netbooks worldwide in 2009.
3. Smart phones will gain market share
A new ‘Nokia N97′ phone. Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone maker, unveiled the N97 on Tuesday, a new flagship model with a large touch screen which it hopes will bolster its smartphone offering.
In the next 12 months, smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone and the RIM BlackBerry will gain a stronger foothold in the United States and Europe. By 2015, smart phones will represent as much as 65 percent of all cell phones sold globally.
4. Android will expand its reach in 2009
The new G1 phone running Google’s Android software is displayed in New York.
By the end of 2009, Expect top see Android in set-top boxes, digital televisions, and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), and perhaps even desktop terminals.
In fact, Android could emerge as the biggest threat to Linux’s desire to make the mainstream, and within the next three years, Android could become a major OS in its own right.
5. Microsoft makes a play to purchase RIM
Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive of Research In Motion (RIM), poses with the new Blackberry Bold handset.
If the Apple iPhone makes any serious inroads into the enterprise, Microsoft will make a bid for RIM (Research in Motion) and use it to enhance and solidify the company’s enterprise smart phone position.
Thanks to : ANI, Microsoft, REUTERS/Kimberly White, REUTERS/Albert Gea, REUTERS/Jacob Silberberg, REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe