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Microsoft Predictions For 2010 By CRN

Posted by Rubel Khan on December 20, 2009

Windows 7 Sales Will Roar
There’s an enormous amount of pent-up demand for Windows 7, and that’s not just because it’s a solid OS. All those companies that skipped Vista are using Windows XP PCs that are plodding dinosaurs compared to today’s powerful new models. So unless another economic asteroid strikes global economies, Microsoft is going to see a lot of customers migrating to Windows 7 next year.

By the end of 2010, IDC predicts that more than 177 million copies of Windows 7 will be installed worldwide; with 60 million of those in the U.S. Windows 7 shipments will reach 272 million in 2013, according to IDC.

SharePoint Development Will Boom
For developers, SharePoint 2007 was complex and non-intuitive. Third-party application integration and workflow tools were unwieldy. But in SharePoint 2010, Microsoft focused on tooling and project support and, for the first time, made it possible for developers to use Visual Studio to build SharePoint applications.

SharePoint 2010 also includes deeper integration with Office, support for Web audio and video, and more hooks to Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. A new feature called Business Connectivity Services allows developers to funnel data from external line of business applications into SharePoint and Office more easily than in the past. As a result, SharePoint-related development will boom in 2010 and help Microsoft’s healthiest cash cow to keep on thriving.



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