Research firm Gartner turned soothsayer on Wednesday by
predicting that Windows Vista will be the last big release of
Microsoft's Windows operating system.
The era of monolithic deployments of software releases is nearing
an end and Microsoft will participate in the trend toward more
flexible updates, Gartner forecast in a list of forecasts about
Gartner also expects that the blogging trend will peak in the
first half of 2007. Given the average life span of a blogger and
the growth rate of blogs, the research firm predicted the peak
number of bloggers will be around 100 million at some point in
the first half of 2007.
Gartner said it believes that by 2010, 60 percent of worldwide
mobile phone users will be "trackable" via an emerging "follow-me
Internet" technology as growing demands for national safety and
civil protection relax some privacy limitations.
Marketing incentives will also push users to forgo privacy
concerns, it said.