Tuesday, December 21, 2010

5 technologies that will define 2011

This is the time to both look back at 2010, which is ending, and look forward at 2011, with hope that we will exit it as well off as we did this one. In any case, there is a lot of cool stuff coming next year.

Personal cloud
With efforts like Sugar Sync, Apple’s Mobile Me, and Microsoft’s Live Mesh, it is spreading broadly to the major vendors, and has at its core the realization that you want your stuff when you need it, and not just when you are on your PC.

MacBook Pros
Rumor: Updated MacBook Pros, iMac in early '11
Apple may be planning to offer new options in its iMac and MacBook Pro lines within the next six months. For Mac users, they may need to upgrade their software like video converter for Mac application.

4G stands for the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards. It is a successor to 3G and 2G families of standards. While it is not clear yet if we can even agree what 4G is, clearly 2011 will be the year we are inundated with this name.

Windows 8
Yes, I know most of us just got Windows 7, but in 2011, we will start getting ready for Windows 8. Right now, we don’t yet know that much about the platform, other than it is designed to run against products like the iPhone and Chrome OS.

The first fully hardware accelerated browser drives through the market in 2011, and Web pages will likely respond by becoming vastly more graphically rich, and much more exciting.

App stores
Apple started it, Google followed, and now even Microsoft is on board. 2011 will be the year we begin to say goodbye to traditional retail for software, and we begin to move to app stores as the primary way we get software on our PCs, tablets, and phones.

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