Newsweek: In 2010, Apple will launch tablet, Microsoft will oust Ballmer, and more

Apple Online StoreNewsweek’s Top 10 Tech Predictions for 2010:

1. Finally, Apple Unveils the Tablet:Officially, Apple has never said a word about making a tablet computer. Yet for months, everyone in tech has been talking and writing and arguing about the Apple tablet as if it’s already here. The product has already received more press than most products that actually exist. Bloggers debate its faults and flaws, its strengths and shortcomings–such is life in the weird and wonderful world of Apple. And this does not happen by accident. Apple orchestrates this stuff. It did the same thing with the iPhone, remember? For a year before the product was unveiled, rumors circulated and fake prototype photos popped up all over the place. It’s all about creating hype, and wrapping a product in a cloud of mystery and drama, so that by the time you do unveil it people are dying to buy it just to see what all the fuss is about. The great thing about Apple, however, is that usually the products live up to the hype. Certainly the iPhone has. Arguably, it is the single most important tech product of the past decade. Will the tablet be as profound? We think it will be. Amazon’s Kindle has pioneered the market for a portable reading device. But Kindle is far from perfect. Our bet is that Apple enters this space the way it did with the iPod and iPhone: it lets others do the pioneering work and make all the mistakes, then comes along with a product that blows the predecessors away. Better design. Better build quality. Better service. And a user interface experience that’s light years ahead of everyone else’s on the planet.

2. Murdoch Pulls Out of Google
3. Malware Disrupts Facebook
4. Starbucks Will Stalk You
5. Movie Downloads Stall Blu-ray
6. Your Phone Replaces Your Wallet (MacDailyNews Note: Our own SteveJack was a bit early on that one.)
7. Facebook Goes Public
8. Twitter Use Flatlines

9. Microsoft Pushes Out Steve Ballmer: Ballmer’s 10th anniversary as CEO of Microsoft arrives in January, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll be celebrating. Microsoft stock has dropped by nearly 50 percent on his watch, lagging not just other tech companies but even the Dow Jones industrial average. Distracted by the Windows Vista fiasco, Ballmer has missed every big new tech market of the past decade. Google won the race for Internet search and keyword advertising. Apple won in MP3 players and online music sales, and now holds the high ground in mobile phones, while Windows Mobile fades away. Microsoft’s Zune music player is a dud. Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, will never catch Google. Ballmer is said to be a brilliant guy, but he got a black eye for the way he blundered and blustered and finally botched an attempted acquisition of Yahoo. He’s a screamer and a bit of a bully–not the easiest guy to work for. If Microsoft were any other company, this guy would be in trouble. But the catch is, Ballmer was put into the job by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and the two have been pals since their undergraduate days at Harvard. If Gates wants to get rid of Ballmer, he’ll have to craft some kind of graceful exit that lets his buddy save face. Another problem: there’s no heir apparent on the management team. Nevertheless, investors must be getting restless. Soon they’ll start calling for a shake-up.

MacDailyNews Take: May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft’s CEO for as long as it takes!

10. Google Faces Antitrust Suit

Full article (use Newsweek’s arrows as if you were a Windows user) here.

[Attribution: Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom R.” for the heads up.]


  1. @future Apple tablet user

    I agree.

    Downloads and physical media serve two different markets. Too many people think it has to be one or the other. Downloads are for those who value convenience above all. BD is for those who value image and sound quality.

    Besides, unlike DVD growth… which is stalling, there is no indication that blu-ray adoption is slowing down. Quite the contrary by this year’s sales figures, and not just because of the holidays.

  2. the sad thing is, the MS stock is doing great. from a financial perspective, MS is a powerhouse, and it looks like Ballmer is doin a-OK.

    In other words, “The Still Have a Monopoly” It doesn’t matter if Vista sucked.. People bought it anyway. That’s because the vast majority of their customers are businesses.

  3. HughB,

    From my point of view, it is not a question of wishing misfortune on Balmer or MS but rather a question of justice.

    The US government has found and convicted MS of being a predatory monopoly in clear violation of the law. While this has helped, the penalty for such actions raised eyebrows with many people. Sorta like giving a fifty dollar fine for a rapist.

    Europe has done a bit better, but frankly for the incredible pain MS has inflicted upon the world human law only goes so far, hence the need of kharmatic justice.

    That is what we are seeing today. I certainly take no pleasure in seeing the misfortune that is now being bestowed upon MS. On the other hand I have had to endure persecution and ridicule from so many, not for hating MS, but for loving the Mac experience and the whole attitude of that company. The irony is that it did not come from rational or critical observation, thought and evaluation but through the FUD generated by MS.

    The analogy of a book comes to mind. MS had this book, with the most spectacular cover. The content was shallow and void. Apple had this book, not such a great cover, but what content, what depth and thought and care, and love.

    The % of Mac users I have met that say they love their machines is astronomically high. The % of Windows users I have met that say they love their machines, well it is pretty darn low.

    Love, is a threat to many, especially those who seek power and control. MS was and is about power and control over others (just look at the IT empires out there). Mac is about having the power to be the best you can be.

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