5 Biggest Technology Trends of 2007

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We've put together an article on the 5 most significant tech trends of 2007. With 2008 here, we can now look back with hindsight not just the cool technologies that came out but also overall trends.

The article talks about Apple's conquest, Google vs. Microsoft, DRM losing ground, and more.

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Nice article...however I completely disagree with the "Apple" bit. The iPhone is not "massively better" than other Mobile Phones (Cellphones). It's all entirely dependant on what your phone usage is. I would imagine the majority of businesses would not think of using iPhone as a product for it's senior to higher management tier. It's more than a phone.

For those people still wishing to make calls, send texts, sync calendar and stuff, there are other, dare I say, more polished handsets out there.

Microsoft isn't really the problem, it's the PC OEMs focus on bundling weird stuff that's poorly implemented. PC makers do this because they generate money on what they preload. But if they don't want to lose their lunch to Apple, they should make it a requirement that anything they include has to add value to the customer and improve the customer experience. That means NO MORE SHAREWARE bundles or time out bundles or whatever.

Couldn't agree more! Remember when most PCs at least came with a full working version of MS Works (a slimmed down version of Office for those of you not old enough to remember)? Now OEMs pre-load nothing but crap on PCs and it is really killing the user experience. Vista's launch could have been better and in a lot of ways it was too little too late, but I agree with the authors assessment that in reality Vista is better than XP in terms of usability and as long as your hardware works with it flawlessly. It is certainly the OEM market that is hurting the PC.

Then you have the release of Leopard. It wasn't a perfectly smooth release but relative to Vista, it was a paradise. When people ask me whether they should get a Mac or a PC, it's getting a lot tougher to recommend the PC these days and I'm starting to wonder why I'm recommending a PC at this point.

I have a Mac, and although it is novel I hardly find myself being very productive on it. It is all a matter of personal taste. It also comes down to what software you use. A lot of my engineering software that I have to use for my job simply does not work on a Mac. Funny how the biggest feature in the new Mac OS is the ability to load and run Windows.

At one point I think I overly hyped up how cool the Mac OS was to a friend who went out and bought a new MacBook. Currently she absolutely hates it. Most users just want to use whatever they are use to and don't get all gitty about a new interface like us nerds do.

At this point, I don't feel leopard is very stable. I think at the moment, if I was asked, I'd tell everyone to stick with tiger till something like 10.53 - it took a while after tiger got released before it to was stable. The same will be true of leopard.

evo_spook said,
At this point, I don't feel leopard is very stable. I think at the moment, if I was asked, I'd tell everyone to stick with tiger till something like 10.53 - it took a while after tiger got released before it to was stable. The same will be true of leopard.

Really? I'm still with Tiger on my Mac so I'll take your advice. Funny how when Microsoft releases an OS every screams bloody hell about every little flaw, and when Apple releases a new OS things like instability are an afterthought.

Shadrack said,

Really? I'm still with Tiger on my Mac so I'll take your advice. Funny how when Microsoft releases an OS every screams bloody hell about every little flaw, and when Apple releases a new OS things like instability are an afterthought.

None of them are very big, just a collection of small irritants now and again, I am on a G4, so don't know if that has anything to do with it. I think its the same with every OS, whether its windows or OSX, it takes a few downloads after where it becomes stable.

Things like dragging and dropping files, in the tiger, you drag them to a closed folder, the folders opens, drop files and window closes and files have moved. The same happens in Leopard, but the files havn't moved!!!

Firefox is a pain, thou whos fault that is I don't know, apple tab doesn't always bring it to front, so you have to close down windows in front of it to do things, or the top of it goes underneath the menu bar which is a right pain and even when selected it sometimes stays grayed out. A friend had probs with mail crashing. None of these are big, but just irritants and leopard needs some small point releases.

I feel also software update has taken a step backwards, I find it asks you to restart your machine before its even downloaded anything, you say yes, it downloads and then restarts, which seems a bit backward.

What's funny about peopel saying I'm pro-Apple is that at various times the Wikipedia entry about me talks about how I'm always trashing Apple.

I am many things but not an Apple fan boy.

PC virtualization needs to become mainstream. Virtual PC and VMWare are both getting startling close to nailing this. One can imagine a future in which your USB key using U3 tech simply carries around your virtual PC with it. We just need USB keys with say 16 gig capacities which should happen in the next year or two.

USB flash drives (keys?) of that size are already around.

Yeah, this author really evaluated all of the Live products. Windows Live Mail is nowhere in there at all, and it's a great email client.

Frogboy said,
? I talked about Windows Live Mail in the article. I just don't think it's very good.

Maybe someone that had a 'good' look at it should have written the article.

You mean that the definition of having looked it thoroughly is someone saying it's better than Gmail?

Live Mail doesn't even have auto-completion. It's spam filtering is inferior to Gmails. The calendar app that is in beta is primitive. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to what I missed?

it woudl be more appropriate to provide proof of apples inovations, it is almost impossible to prove somethign doesnt exist, it is easy to prove that it does!!

Its a good read, but as others have said... It is very apple-centric.
I wouldn't have an iPhone if you gave me one for free on any network of my choice, simply because i don't like it.

And as a gamer, you could only get me to use a mac if it was running windows and more powerful than my PC :cheeky:

"Live Messenger is pretty good (though Yahoo's new client blows it away)"

Pidgin or Trillian FTW. All IM networks + IRC from one client. No ads or banners either.

I haven't used any of those web services except Google Maps and Flickr, which Yahoo gives you an account to automatically. I just can't find a use for them. I've got MS Office, why do I need this online monkey business? I could probably even get by with Open Office.

I've used Google Docs a lot, its very good for creating spreadsheets that more then one person cn keep track off even in seperate countrys

Wow it sounds like the author hates Microsoft lol. Although in all fairness, Frogboy (the author) used Live Writer.

I disagree that Microsoft is copying google on web services - I think they are copying each other. And I really don't approve of the medias constant "Apple is God" coverage. People need to know how small their market share is. Don't worry, Dell, HP and etc have caught on. Soon enough Apple's only differentiating factor (style) will be common amongst all brands.

saldy who wrote this is wrong... the iphone isn't a best selling phone...
max top 10 i got its top 5.
being outsold by the nokia 6300 n73 n95 n82 and sony ericsson k790/k800...
conquer the world? i don't think so.

Frogboy said,
I wrote it. I just use JoeUser for posting because it integrates nicely with Live Writer. :)

Ok, my bad! *steam off*

I'm going to get smacked for asking, but how is this a Neowin editorial? It's someone's opinion blog.