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What I'm Looking Forward to in 2010

Vanishing pointI still can’t really believe that the “noughties” have nearly gone; it’ll be 2010 in less than a month. I’ve been thinking about 2010 (what an impossibly futuristic date that sounds!) and what it might hold in store for me as a web worker:

Faster, Better Browsers

The ongoing browser war means that browsers are improving at an almost unbelievable rate. In particular next year I’m looking forward to using Chrome on my MacBook (s aapl), and seeing whether Google (s goog) can cultivate an extension ecosystem for Chrome that rivals Firefox’s.

Faster web apps could mean that in 2010 I shift nearly all my working entirely to web apps, and effectively have a “virtual desktop” that I can access anywhere. Currently, the only desktop apps that I use (apart from my browser and IM/Twitter clients) are photo and video editing tools — and there are already plenty of online options for those tasks.

For more on where browsers are headed, check out my post “What Does the Future Hold For Browsers” over on GigaOM Pro (subscription required).

Apps Taking Advantage of New Technologies: HTML5, Geolocation, Canvas, Web Fonts, and More

As well as being faster, the newer browsers are making new technologies available to web developers. Innovative web apps vendors will be able to use those technologies to create richer, more powerful web apps to provide experiences that would have previously relied heavily on technologies requiring browser plug-ins like Flash (s adbe), Flex and Silverlight (s msft).

We’re already seeing some great mobile apps that take advantage of geolocation data, like Gowalla and Foursquare (an app that Om loves), and interesting tools like WorkSnug, a web worker-friendly augmented reality iPhone app that helps you find places with Wi-Fi nearby.

As these technologies mature and developers think up new ways to mash up location data, the mass of data available from apps over APIs and these new technologies, 2010 should be an exciting year for web apps.

Tighter Integration Between Web Apps

While exciting web apps that take advantage of new technologies might make the headlines, the greater integration that we’ve seen between web applications, like Zoho integrating Google Docs, and initiatives like the Small Business Web, will continue over the next year. This trend is important, because it makes the web apps that we already use much more useful and efficient.

Gadget Lust: iPhone 4G

I love my iPhone 3G (s aapl). It’s fun to use, and it helps keep me productive when I’m away from my laptop, but I’m already envious of friends with the newer, faster 3GS with video. I couldn’t upgrade my phone without paying over-the-odds on my contract, so gadget-wise I’m really looking forward to the 4G that will likely be released sometime over the summer next year.

A Proliferation of Coworking Spaces

Coworking is a movement that just seems to continue growing. Innovative spaces keep opening all over, meaning you should be able to find a great place to work nearly anywhere in 2010 — pitch up in a new city and there’s likely to be a great coworking venue someplace nearby. It also means that you’ll have more flexibility to pick and choose a space that matches your exact needs, with more niche, specialist places opening. Looking for a coworking venue that has fabrication equipment and tools? There’s a space for that.

What are you looking forward to in 2010?

Photo credit: Justin Timperio ( / CC BY 2.0)

5 Responses to “What I'm Looking Forward to in 2010”

  1. Great post Simon. I’m extremely excited about all of those things as well. Probably the ones that stick out above all of the others for me is: the increased speed and integration of web apps and the integration of the internet with the phone and television industry. Like making calls & text messages over your cell data plan using VOIP (a la Google Voice/Gizmo5) and television content coming from the internet (a la Boxee and streaming services).

    I think that last 2 points will have a huge impact on ISPs, cable companies & phone companies and I’m excited to see where it takes us.

  2. One of the exciting things coming in 2010 is the first steps towards the unification of all screens — designing for a pocket device, progressively enhancing for a workstation, then designing an appropriate interface for the lean-back TV screen. Been a long time coming.

    Another good thing is the end of the walled-garden approach in smartphones… there’s a whole new generation of devices coming with greater interoperability, more cross-cultural appeal.


  3. Woohoo! Great to see the shoutout for Coworking! Simon, if you (or anyone else) makes it to Atlanta come see us at Ignition Alley ( and @IgnitionAlley on Twitter.)

    ALSO, *completely* agree with the call for tighter integration between web apps; I think the Small Business Web initiative is spot on and have been waiting for something like that for over a decade!