Zach’s 2013 Predictions
The year 2013 will be an interesting year for tech. It seemed, in some regard, that 2012 was merely a lead-in to 2013 and the big stuff is yet to come.
Windows 8 is no Vista, but it’s no XP either
Windows 8 will slowly continue to gain traction with both consumers and enterprise customers before leveling off. Overall, however, it will not scratch the Surface in overall OS penetration. With desktop and laptop sales declining monthly, Windows 8 must begin to rely heavily on tablet use to continue its upward momentum. With the Surface price point set so un-competitively high and Microsoft shrugging off its OEM vendors, the market share gain for their tablet based Windows 8 OS will inevitability level off.
Rise of the Phoenix AKA BlackBerry
It is definitely no secret that I eat, sleep, talk BlackBerry 24/7. It’s also no secret that Research in Motion (RIMM) has been struggling to maintain any sort of presence in the mobile arena with BlackBerry. However, this year RIM will return to take the third (and arguably, final) crown in the mobile kingdom. With Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) AKA Android duking it out for the number one and two spots, the third spot is left wide open for either Microsoft (MSFT) (Windows Phone 8) and RIM (BlackBerry 10) to step in and fill that position. RIM, however, has two big things that Microsoft does not: (1) 79 million loyal current BlackBerry owners (2) the best developer program in the business. Those two things and the launch of BlackBerry 10 on January 30th will be the stepping stones for BlackBerry to make one of the greatest comebacks in tech history and ultimately take the third position in the mobile OS ecosystem.
WordPress as a true CMS
You pay for Cable TV?!
Twenty-thirteen will be the turning-point year that the average consumer cuts the cable cord and seeks alternatives to watch their favorite shows and movies. Cable and satellite company prices are constantly on the rise. The economy is not doing so hot. Consumers have already been searching for ways to limit their cash flow out. Now that Netflix ($7.99/mo.) and Hulu Plus ($7.99/mo.) have signed enough content distribution agreements, there really is less of a reason to keep cable or satellite tv around. Add in products such as Roku, and what is stopping you from making the jump off cable or satellite. Not to mention, if Nick or Greg’s predictions about Google’s fiber network hold true, then cable and DSL internet may be in jeopardy as well.