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Why Microsoft's Vision Of The Future Is Dead On Arrival. This just in: In the future, everything will be lushly luxurious, gleamingly clean, and digitally magical.

Why Microsoft's Vision Of The Future Is Dead On Arrival

Yup, it’s another corporate "the future of . . . " video, this time courtesy of Microsoft Office. This dazzlingly mounted production will spin your head with its vision of "the future of productivity"--the most salient feature of which is that, apparently, nobody uses Microsoft Office anymore. Sounds like a dream: Sorry if that’s harsh, but I’m with John Gruber: These spit-polished masterpieces of magical thinking are the tech-elite version of LOLcat videos. They make you feel warm and fuzzy for a minute or two and…that’s about it. I’m going to get a bit more meta: I’m actually fine with corporations pouring scads of money into producing futurist concept videos (sidebar: I’m available!) This is the world that 99% of the users of Microsoft Office actually inhabit now, and it won’t be any different in a decade. Futuristic interfaces are supposed to solve problems and make life easier. 2011 Internet Trends. Mary Meeker (former Wall Street analyst turned venture capitalist at KPCB) has released her well-recognized Internet Trends 2011 report.

2011 Internet Trends

Presented at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco this week, the report–which is publicly available –captured 11 key trends based on various points of analysis. Per usual, we are commenting on some of what we perceive to be the most relevant (to our audience), actionable, and sometimes not entirely obvious insights below: “‘Record’ is the new QWERTY”: The evolution of the triggers associated with user interface have evolved from text-entry to graphical representations, to touch-based, and now to sound/audio and motion based. We need only look at the iPhone (and at the Wii) to demonstrate this transition. While Siri’s voice-triggered utility is currently only an iPhone 4s feature, this is expected to propagate quickly. Internet Trends 2011. Internet Trends 2011. Beyond the PC. SRI perspectives pub online 2011. Cisco: 50 Billion Things on the Internet by 2020 [Infographic] The Internet of Things, when real world objects are connected to the Internet, is a trend that we've been actively tracking since early 2009.

Cisco: 50 Billion Things on the Internet by 2020 [Infographic]

So far a lot of big technology infrastructure and solutions companies have gotten behind the trend, for the simple reason that they see a huge market opportunity. As more and more 'things' go on the Net, it creates more demand for network infrastructure like sensors and routers. Enter the likes of Cisco and Verizon Wireless. Likewise, more technology solutions will be developed to upload and manage data from real world objects. Enter the likes of IBM and HP. Cisco has designed an infographic that offers a simple example of how Internet of Things will affect you in your everyday life.

There has been some contention about the number of connected things and by when. Regardless, as the infographic below shows, the number of things connected to the Internet has already exceeded the number of people on earth. Infographic via All Things D. The death of Web 2.0 is nigh. Publisher Tim O'Reilly at a recent conference.

The death of Web 2.0 is nigh

Photograph: Perhaps it was the spurious precision of the headline that caught my eye. "Web 2.0 will end on October 1 2012", it said. The idea of a meme – an infectious idea – having a definite termination point was peculiar enough; but a meme as nebulous as Web 2.0? Of course the phrase had become ubiquitous in PR-speak over the past few years. The prediction of Web 2.0's demise was made by Christopher Mims, a technology commentator who writes for the MIT journal Technology Review.

As it happens, Web 2.0 does mean something, even though the definition gets a bit fuzzy round the edges. Having done so, they then had to come up with a definition for it. What kinds of innovations? Web 2.0, in other words, became the underpinning for much of our online environment.