Steve Gillmor predicts “Look Out, Outlook: RSS Ahead in 2004” in his eWeek column:
This is a game at which Microsoft excels÷the waiting game. Clone, wait, collaborate, extend, wait, repeat, rinse, dry. But now comes RSS÷and the rules may have changed. First, the enemy is now scattered, behind rocks, in startups, open source, virtual coalitions that pop up on IM and videoconferencing, and a myriad loosely coupled evolutionary steps forward.
I’d not count Microsoft out of the game. Despite their “Windows Everywhere” and Windows Any Way tactics, they do have the advantage of being able to place their solution onto 100 million desktops and then enhance, embrace, extend and extinguish until they get it right or discredit the underlying technology.
Check out Gillmor’s predictions for future technologies. There’s some opportunities there, if he’s right.