Computing Predictions for 2011
Computer Upgrades Continue
In 2011, people and businesses will continue to upgrade their computer systems at a brisk pace, lured by the ever-faster Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and similar processors from AMD. These fast processors are available in PCs as well as Macintosh systems.
Additionally, Windows 7 has been a big hit and Macs remain popular, so many will choose to replace their older systems this year.
Google Apps and Office 365 Gain Popularity
Google Apps, which I reviewed earlier this year, is an online productivity suite which contains applications similar to Microsoft Office but works through a web browser. It’s been gaining traction among individuals, businesses, and government organizations.
Microsoft, feeling the heat from Google in the online productivity space, is set to release Office 365, a competing online suite of productivity and collaboration applications. Office 365 is in its Beta version, which means the full release is coming soon.
Computer / Home Entertainment Integration Skyrockets
With streaming online video services from Netflix and other providers gaining popularity, the line between computer networks and home entertainment will continue to blur.
Blu-ray and other devices can now be connected to a wired or wireless home network to enable streaming of online content which can be displayed on a TV. $7.99 / month pricing from Netflix will hasten the switch to streaming of movies.
Increased Device Choices Continue
The proliferation of Blackberry, iPhone and Android smartphones, combined with the continuing popularity of the Apple iPad, means that your choice of computing devices have never been greater.
While I initially thought that the iPad might have a tough time cracking the laptop crowd, it’s overwhelming popularity among all types of users was a pleasant surprise. I expect this to continue in 2011, especially with release 2.0 of the iPad expected in the late spring.
What do you think will be the biggest successes this year?