Ok, I’m not feeling up to the challenge of predicting what Microsoft will do in 2009. Instead I will link you to some of more experienced Microsoft prognosticators.
They both talk about the Windows 7 release date, Microsoft and rumored job cuts, and what could be a rebranding of Microsoft’s Live Search.
I’m also giving you a little more info about each of these people, because I’ve been reading them for awhile, and feel smarter for doing it.
Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 20 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She has kept close tabs on Microsoft strategy, products and technologies for the past 10 years. In the late 1990s, she penned the award-winning “At The Evil Empire” column for ZDNet, and more recently the Microsoft Watch blog for Ziff Davis.
Todd Bishop “What to Watch at Microsoft in 2009″
Bishop has covered Microsoft and the technology industry for more than five years in Seattle, most recently as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He launched his blog about Microsoft in September 2003, building it into a widely used resource for tracking the software giant. In February 2008, Bishop was the first to publish internal Microsoft e-mails in which company executives privately criticized the Windows Vista operating system, even as they publicly praised it. His coverage of Bill Gates’ departure from daily life at the company was published by papers including the New York Post. His blog has received honors including a 2008 Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Go check it out, and let me know if you think they are reaching a bit, or if they are right on the money. To me, these are really conservative (easy) guesses…
Maybe I should take a shot at my own list of predictions…