Up pops - Web 3.0.
Recently there was a speech by Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google in Seoul where he was asked to define Web 3.0.
According to Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web he said the following:-
After first joking that Web 2.0 is “a marketing term”, Schmidt launched into a great definition of Web 3.0. He said that while Web 2.0 was based on Ajax, Web 3.0 will be “applications that are pieced together” - with the characteristics that the apps are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the apps can run on any device (PC or mobile), the apps are very fast and very customizable, and are distributed virally (social networks, email, etc).
On other blogs such as Rod Boothby's Innovation Creators - he too highlights Schmidt's comments.
Earlier on this year he got involved with a start up called Teqlo which is building up composite applications and making it customisable. I think that this is going to be interesting to see how this allied to some of the Google apps that I am increasingly starting to use as a test bed will change the world of enterprise IT.
Who will be the first firm to ditch Microsoft Office and utilise a Google Enterprise App and then tweak it accordingly -by using some of Teqlo's or any similar firms ability to deliver a build for you application.
Apple's new operating system will allow people to use a web link and make it act as a widget and I can see uses for this in industry if we have as Apple does a sub screen with widgets - getting the information you need from the enterprise database in real time and then when you call the sub screen up there it is for you - rather than having to write an e-mail to someone trying to find out the information.
I think that these Cloud based operating systems are going to help knowledge workers in the new world and help to improve the process of work - so watch this space.
However, if you type Web 3.0 into your search engine then you get a significant number of hits - I think 144m possibilities - but if you want to explore where this is going then go to Wikipedia and see what others are saying about this area. The other thing that is going to need to occur especially if video is involved is that we are going to need better bandwidth certainly in the UK and also ways to help people filter the information better.