Internet In 2020, All in the Cloud?

by Ferman Aziz

The Elon University (USA) researchers have published a report based on a survey of 900 Internet/ tech experts and analysts which predicts that Internet users will “live mostly in the cloud” by 2020. In layman’s terms this basically means that we’ll be doing most of our online work through web-based and mobile apps such as Facebook and Google Docs and not or less through software on our desktops.

The survey conducted in collaboration with the Pew Research Centre shows a 71% agreement on our Cloud based future. It states:

By 2020, most people won’t do their work with software running on a general-purpose PC. Instead, they will work in Internet-based applications such as Google Docs, and in applications run from smartphones. Aspiring application developers will develop for smartphone vendors and companies that provide Internet-based applications, because most innovative work will be done in that domain, instead of designing applications that run on a PC operating system.

You can download the Pew Internet Briefing here.

This prediction does not come as a shock as a rising trend in accessing social media more than search engines was reported recently in a report from the web analytics firm Hitwise. With the world over popularity of smartphones and the possibilities they have brought into users’ palms is a huge indicator of our ‘Cloud based’ future and it may happen much sooner than 2020.

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