Microsoft’s Windows Vista will be the last major upgrade to the Windows platform and the number of bloggers on the internet will level out next year.
These two predictions have been made by analyst firm Gartner as part of its top 10 forecasts for 2007 and beyond.
Gartner said, “Vista will be the last major release of Microsoft Windows. The next generation of operating environments will be more modular and will be updated incrementally.
“The era of monolithic deployments of software releases is nearing an end. Microsoft will be a visible player in this movement, and the result will be more flexible updates to Windows and a new focus on quality overall.”
On the blogging phenomenon, Gartner said the blogging community will peak in the first half of 2007 at around 100 million.
Among the other predictions are the view that by 2009, corporate social responsibility (CSR) will be a higher board and executive-level priority than regulatory compliance.
Also, by the end of 2007, 75% of enterprises will be infected with undetected, financially motivated, targeted malware that evades their traditional perimeter and host defences, as a result of security technologies being left behind as threats increase.
In addition, by 2010, the average total cost of ownership of new PCs will fall by 50%. “The growing importance and focus on manageability, automation and reliability will provide a welcome means of differentiating PCs in a market that is increasingly commoditised,” Gartner said.
Through 2011, enterprises will waste £53bn buying the wrong networking technologies and services.
“Enterprises are missing out on opportunities to build a network that would put them at a competitive advantage,” said Gartner.
And by 2008, nearly 50% of datacentres worldwide will lack the necessary power and cooling capacity to support higher-density and more powerful equipment.
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