Learn About the Latest in Software Technology Trends

April 24th, 2012

In a previous post, we discussed the latest trends in hardware connectivity. Now, we take you on a tour of the latest tech trends in software. Be sure to let us know which software technology trends you think will be most influential in your life this year. You can tell us via a comment on this blog post or on Twitter or FaceBook. We look forward to continuing this discussion with you.

The Cloud

Source Cloud computing continues to grow as more people begin to consume the technology and may not even know it. Today, it's easier than ever to create your own cloud, either locally at your home or utilizing one of the many cloud vendors who offer armies of remote computers to do your bidding. As we begin to produce more HD media, storage demands correspondingly must increase. There are now many options for both local and remote (cloud) storage. It is wise to take advantage of multiple backup solutions to make sure your precious memories are not lost to a hard drive failure. Currently, the biggest fears regarding the cloud are privacy and trusting that the system storing all of your precious files stays alive. Another major benefit of the cloud is easy accessibility of all of your data from all of your hardware devices. Everything from your computer and laptop, to non-PC devices like your Blu-ray player and game console with a simple wireless connection allows for easy access to entire data collections, essentially creating a digital command center wherever you are.

Advances in Operating Systems (OS)

Source This year will see major upgrades to the software that keeps your PC running. Microsoft will release Windows 8, Apple will release Mountain Lion and Canonical will release another iteration of Ubuntu (12.10). As the hardware and interfaces of PC's continue to evolve, so must the software that runs them. With the rise of the iPad, touch screen computing is suddenly back in the spotlight, forcing the OS designers to update their interfaces. Windows 8, in particular is making big moves towards a touch friendly OS. Read about the latest advancements here:

Browser Wars Continue

Source As more applications move to the web, your browser stays front and center throughout most of your computing experience. In many cases the browser is also tightly integrated with the host OS as well. While each browser can get you on the web, and for the most part provide you with an experience that the web master intended, there are enough differences to warrant some investigation before you decide on which will be your primary gateway to the Internet. Fortunately, competition is stiff and the browser vendors are constantly improving their respective experiences. The main factors to consider are:
  • Does the browser work well with your OS?
  • Are the websites you visit or value most supported by the browser?
  • Do you require certain plugins/add-ons to get your work done?
    • Fortunately, all of the browsers are free, so cost is not a factor in your decision. You can also install all of them on your system and give them each a test drive. Note that for Internet Explorer 10, you will need a [virtual machine](http://www.vmware.com) if you are not running a Windows PC. Take a moment to check out the latest features on the most popular browsers:

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