There are a ton of rumors swirling around that will dramatically impact developers if they come true. Some people suspect that Microsoft will make Windows 8 light enough for a phone and replace the WP7 line with Windows 8, which would be very transparent for the most part. RIM has been following Palm's path for a few years now, and there is definitely a "waiting for the other shoe to drop" feeling about the BlackBerry maker. Mobile devices are poised to replace desktops and laptops for many users, and the introduction of universal docking stations for Windows 8, iPhone/iPad, or Android would go a long way to making that happen, especially if they provide additional computing and video horsepower. And from where I sit, I could see Adobe deciding the pull the plug on Flash.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.