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i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

SYS-CON's Annual i-Technology Predictions Round-Up

HTML5 . Atom . MySpace & Facebook . Net Neutrality 

JOSHUA ALLEN
Microsoft Senior Evangelist

Joshua Allen is a Senior Evangelist at Microsoft, helping large consumer facing web sites adopt Microsoft's user experience technologies.  In 9 years at Microsoft, he's shipped several products including APIs for XML and services for MSN, as well as worked with many of the large web sites during the first dot-com era.

1. Web standards will matter more than ever, as more development shifts to the web: HTML5 will eclipse XHTML. Atom Publishing Protocol will emerge as a key component of the programmable web, as will Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE). Interest in using pure web standards for mobile development will increase, and will become more practical by the end of 2008.

2. MySpace and Facebook will remain the dominant social networking sites. All social networking sites will have platforms, but interop will be spotty as the players compete to “value-add” services beyond the interop profile.

3. Ad agencies will be more important, not less, by end of 2008.

4. Disparity between bandwidth haves and have-nots will grow. Net neutrality will take an even worse beating in 2008 than 2007.

See next pages for predictions from: Dr Adam Kolawa, Parasoft; Eric Newcomer, IONA Technologies; Bill Roth, BEA Systems; Brad Abrams, Microsoft; Kevin Hoffman, iPhone Developer's Journal; Ian Thain, Sybase; Yakov Fain, Farata Systems.

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