It was either brave or idiotic but last year we made 10 Predictions for 2009!. Read on to see how we faired….
We Said – 1. Nokia will begin a phone war against Apple with their new touchscreen phone. Price of iPhone to fall dramatically. Laptops will soon overtake Desktops as the preferred computer of choice.
Present Day – There really hasn’t been any major news story from the Nokia camp and it’s fair to say that Nokia have been fairly barren of innovation for a long time now. Laptops are definitely the pc of choice and their popularity is ever rising. Read recent article from Silicon Republic which highlights this fact.
Present Day – With a deal struck this summer, Yahoo now intend to use Microsoft’s Bing to power its search engine. Not quite the takeover but there weren’t many who were really surprised when this news broke.
We Said – 3. Online backup becomes more popular.
Present Day – We ourselves have seen a huge uptake in the demand for online backup.
We Said – 4. Data encryption on laptops become more apparent but not standard.
Present Day – We’ve definitely seen more demand for encrypting laptops retrospectively. In terms of the market, there’s no real evidence to suggest which direction it’s going but data encryption will eventually be part and parcel of the pc experience.
We Said – 5. Spam hits a new all-time high.
Present Day – We were right on this one. But it could be said that this prediction can be made year on year to be honest.
We Said – 6. Box-Office movie downloads are introduced on youtube.
Present Day – Amazingly, Youtube while still hugely popular, has not changed very much since it’s inception. Youtube will bring the Cinema online but it seems for now, we’ll just have to wait!
We Said – 7. The release of Windows 7 is delayed until 2010.
Present Day – Definitely wrong on this call. Windows 7 has arrived and unlike Vista, it’ll be around for a long time.
We Said – 8. Several big download sites to be shut down e.g. Pirate Bay.
Present Day – This was a good call. The site was closed down in the summer. The biggest surprise here was the 1 year jail sentence handed out to the four owners. Ownership of the site has changed hands and the business model is to undergo a transformation similar to the fate of napster.
We Said – 9. USB 3.0 will arrive.
Present Day – Although the technology is here, and manufacturers are creating products to use it, progress to the mainstream pc is slow.
We Said – 10. Social networking to continue to grow further and Twitter will become a more household name.
Present Day – Another safe prediction but Social Networking is still in its infancy and Twitter has been catapulted very much into the public eye, thanks mainly, to celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher.