10 things you don't need to worry about in 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same, especially when marketing bots make grandiose predictions. Here's what'll stay put in the coming year

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5. Dell

After going private, Dell will be around for a good, long while. But I don't foresee a strong resurgence in the PC market. I mean, everyone is just dying to buy a new PC preloaded with Windows 8.1 right? Oh, wait. Meanwhile, Dell is mailing paper catalogs to everyone in our company because paper catalogs are exactly how a technology company like ours shops for computers. Sure, Dell has other lines of business, but nothing that will replace the revenue the company will continue to lose. It will be hard to imagine Dell making the kind of radical change it needs quickly enough. I predict Lenovo will be a big winner this year partly due to the Chinese and Asian market, but in the United States as well. Neil Young and Kurt Cobain (who will be 20 years dead in April) said it best: "It's better to burn out than fade away."

6. Microsoft Office going away

It's no secret I hate Microsoft Office. I have always hated it. I mean, I named a Java library I wrote that implements the Excel file format "Horrible Spread Sheet Format." I went to Open Office, then to Libre Office, then to Google Docs. However, I know I'm in the minority here and old habits die hard. People still think in "files" and even call Google Sheets "Google Excel." While the move to mobile and the change in habits that brings will eventually chip away here, I wouldn't worry about Microsoft Office going anywhere in 2014.

7. BlackBerry existing

BlackBerry barely exists now. I remember the PR knucklehead trying to get me to write about the new BlackBerry platform earlier in the year, and I told him I couldn't imagine anyone actually caring. Now after firing everyone and all that, I'm sure a patent pool is in there somewhere, and there's always money in destroying technology with frivolous patent lawsuits. Right, Microsoft and Apple?

8. Hollywood's and the recording industry's rights

Don't worry, Congress has their back. My own Sen. Kay Hagan has taken lots of money from them and supported SOPA, PIPA, and all sorts of anti-technology-industry and anti-freedom measures, despite them being against the interests of her own state. There will be nothing but the very opposite of reform next year.

9. The supply of cheap tablets

I bought the kids $99 16GB tablets on black Friday. Not crappy ones either! Ubiquitous computing is here to stay and expand.

10. Google Glass

This thing is a dud. It will not be taking over the world when it launches in the spring. Sure, there will be some fad buys, but most people who aren't supersusceptible to identity or false-scarcity-style marketing have had neutral or negative things to say. Negative reviews or statements including this one will continue to generate Google fanboy and fangirl hatred (likely in the comment section below). If I were you, I would not dismiss the critics. Simply, Google Glass isn't very good.

This article, "10 things you don't need to worry about in 2014," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Keep up on the latest news in application development and read more of Andrew Oliver's Strategic Developer blog at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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