We are at the dawn of the new PC era, the era of all-day online computing. The new epoch will increase the amount of Internet-connected devices by the order of magnitude and the amount of information that will be floating around the Web will be gargantuan. The huge amounts of information create a lot of opportunities for many industry players and no company will miss it if it means additional revenue sources. Naturally, we are going to see rise of new Internet giants and fall of certain present colossus.
Will cloud services redefine the market of software and companies like Microsoft, Adobe or Apple lose their clients, only time will tell. What is clear already now is that Microsoft does not have enough platforms to power the emerging Internet-connected devices. As a result, by the end of the decade the role that Microsoft has been playing for thirty years now will be much lower.
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In the next 10 to 15 years the importance of security will be much higher than today. Security will no longer be a must for personal computer, large cloud data centers should implement ubiquitous security technologies to protect user data not only from the outside, but also from the inside as no one should be able to keep a track on people.
The hardware and the hardware business will continue their natural evolution driven more than ever by demands of the market. We should naturally expect further convergence between various devices and technologies, but we naturally cannot predict any revolutions that may be just around the corner...