What should tech providers expect in 2018? According to 10 predictions in a new Microsoft report, everything from cybersecurity to immigration and beyond.
Many of the issues are as political as they are technical. Indeed, the report’s authors, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne, write: “The top issues for technology increasingly rank among the top issues for the world.”
So here are Microsoft’s predictions for the new year’s 10 top tech issues:
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Who thinks so? Only Office Depot. It’s paying $1 billion to buy BizBox, a subscription service offering tech and business services to owners of small and midsize businesses.
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Here’s our roundup of the past year’s most important and influential products for tech providers, including new CPUs, software and devices.
1) Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Microsoft Windows is the world’s most popular PC operating system, powering about 90% of all systems, so anything new on that front is important to your customers.
Is digital technology overwhelming your employees — and those of your clients?
A group of industry movers and shakers thinks so. To do something about it, they recently formed the Humanizing the Digital Workplace Consortium.
The group’s aim: to study the mismatch between technology and workers. And to identify solutions and offer guidance for improvement.
Data-center solutions developed jointly by Intel and partners rule. Called the Intel Select Solutions, they’re workload-optimized systems that aim to make it faster and easier for customers to select and deploy data-center servers, storage and software.
Kevin Wasielewski lives life on technology’s cutting edge. His company, Origin PC, is a Miami, Fla.-based builder of customizable, high-performance gaming PC systems.
“In our industry of technology,” Kevin says, “things move extremely fast. And if you miss out on something, you’re way behind.”
The wearables market is growing fast.
How fast? More than 310 million wearable devices will be sold worldwide this year, predicts research firm Gartner. Assuming that’s correct, it will mark an increase over last year of nearly 17%.
That’s plenty fast. And looking ahead, industry analysts see more of the same. They predict that sales of wearables will continue to increase year-over-year for the foreseeable future.
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