What to Expect from Browsers in the Next Five Years: A Perspective

After an awesome, but tiny, lunch at City Lobster (blogging sure makes me hungry), I was lagging going into the next session.  Somehow, I managed to arrive later than I imagined, even though I rushed back.  (Tips on crossing the street in New York:  walk confidently, walk hurriedly, and don’t get red-rovered by those sauntering couples you encounter every now and then who hold hands).  So, I had to walk over about 11 feet to grab a seat.  Why doesn’t everyone just squish together in these packed sessions?  And, why were there an odd number of feet in there?

Anyway, I was so lunch-tired  at the beginning of this presentation that I just kept replaying the very not G-rated iPhone 4 vs. EVO YouTube video in my head.  Cue my best computer voice.  I want the one with the bigger GBs.  I need Wifis.

Ok, I was bored until  the Yahoo guy said that if he was king of the web, he would recall HTML5 until it was fixed.  Oh my.  This might be a good one.  This comment was promptly followed by sane arguments from the Google guy and the Mozilla Guy about why this really wasn’t logical at all.  Then the Opera Guy joined in and it was a ruckus.  At least a ruckus when it comes to panels.

By the way, I hope I referred to them all correctly.  I couldn’t see the names on their cards and had to ask the guy sitting to my left for help on the names.  Squint.

The HPalm guys (Dion is here) were having a blast with all of this.  Most of their humor was pointed at us and why we were even there when Katie Couric was in the next room.  The other large portion of humor was aimed directly at Microsoft, though it was much more lighthearted than the statements about IE that came from the panel.  HTML5 and Google were clearly under fire here, which probably means there’s something very cool afoot.  Just check out Remy Sharp’s HTML5 demos and see if you agree.

The summary of the panel doesn’t matter much, because there were no slides and they didn’t stick to a bunch of talking points, in true panel manner.  But, Microsoft’s lack of representation on the panel was odd.  Microsoft stopped dominating this market in 2008, but they still own a significant portion of the user experience.  In the enterprise, I bet Microsoft still dominates, as the “standard”.

I didn’t catch the slideware link.  Oh yeah, there was no slideware.  Just the Web 2.0 Expo advertisements flashing at me where the presentation should have been.  I promise, Web 2.0 Expo, that I’ll be a good wifi buddy and not download any large files over the wireless network.  I need WiFis.

An interesting quote from this panel:

XML is like violence.  If you’re not winning with it, you just need to keep using more of it.

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Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

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