January 3, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy New Year everyone! It's a brand new year--out with the old and in with the new--and I'm looking forward to welcoming and seeing new technologies and ideas of 2007. The technology industry is already off to a busy start in 2007. Coming next week, we have the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where vendors show off all the cool, innovative gadgets, and what's to come for us gadget and technology enthusiasts. What, you can't attend? No worries--neither can I. But our CNET editors will be there in full force, blogging from the show floor, shooting videos of new products, and hosting the Best of CES awards. So prepare yourself for all the exciting news and product announcements by checking out our CES 2007 preview pages and video of what we expect to make headlines at CES this year. And stay tuned for CNET's awesome and up-to-date coverage of CES next week, it is a sure bet to be a blast to start off the new year! Speaking of big headlines in the coming year, look into your crystal ball and tell us which downloadable software you predict will break out in 2007. Before the end of 2006, CNET Download.com Editor Peter Butler put together his selection of downloadable Windows software programs that he thinks will explode in 2007. After you review his list, do you think he is on the money, or is he crazy? Agree or disagree with him, and if you have your own big hit list for the new year, tell us what titles are on it and why. So far, based on the submitted predictions from our members for 2007--OpenOffice and OpenSource seems to be the winning majority. So read up and place your bets for the rising stars of 2007 downloadable software.
This week's hot topic:
Software hit of 2007
There are incredible amounts of great, downloadable software applications out there. But amongst the thousands and thousands of titles, which do you think will be the hit of 2007? After reading Download.com's Rising stars of 2007 and being asked, "Which software do you think will break out in 2007?," many of our members chimed in to share their predictions.
"OpenOffice is now OPEN!"
"I think that OpenOffice will have a big hit in popularity. People won't want to spend money for Microsoft Office, when they can get basically the same thing for free. Now, all of the other programs have potential, but I'll give you my top three..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member thebradsterrrr"Open Source, Web-based stuff and new protection software."
"The Ubuntu distribution has the potential to create a breakthrough for the Linux operating-system, because of its ease of use. I don't think it will ever beat Windows Vista, but maybe it can take some market share away from Windows, similar as Firefox did with IE. OpenOffice.org also stands a good chance, since more and more governmental institutions around the world are committing to OpenSource and OpenStandards..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member zantman69"My thoughts"
"Linux will keep growing, with many corp. enlisting the OS as their base standard. Windows XP will keep the market, with Vista gaining ground at the end of the year, but lag behind until maybe Q1 2008. Most of the software listed, will not make it to the mainstream users, but one I am hoping for is OpenSource..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Jerel FinnSpeak Up!
Now it's your turn to make some predictions. Which downloadable software applications out there do you think will explode in 2007? Is there just one, or a variety of software apps? Here is your chance to tell us what those rising-star software titles are and why you think your prediction will come true.
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