The software development evolution ended up SaaS computing model. I think SaaS will be big hit in 2008 and more people (software developer community as well as business community) will think about SaaS delivery model. SaaS simply means that delivering software over the Internet. SaaS is a software application delivery model where a software vendor develops a web-native software application and hosts and operates (either independently or through a third-party) the application for use by its customers over the Internet. Customers do not pay for owning the software itself but rather for using it. They use it through an API accessible over the Web and often written using Web Services or REST. SaaS is also often associated with a "pay as you go" subscription licensing model.Microsoft has released a sample SaaS application named LitwareHR that is a fictitious HR application providing recruitment-management software delivered as a service.
Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
The term Enterprise Service Bus is referred to as a message broker is widely used in the context of implementing an infrastructure for enabling a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). An enterprise service bus (ESB) is a pattern of middleware that unifies and connects services, applications and resources within a business. Last year SOA was a reolutionary term in the Information technology space. SOA is a loosely-coupled architecture designed to meet the business needs of the organization. SOA is just an architecture theory and you should adopt a infrastructure architecture for enabling real-world SOA. The Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is an infrastructure architecture for SOA. I think people will be get more maturity about SOA and will be use ESB for their SOA adoption. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and IBM WebSphere MQ will be the winners among the ESB market. Sonic ESB will continue their momentum.
Web 2.0 & Social Networks
Like 2007, Web 2.0 and Social Networks will also be hot in year 2008. I think Facebook will be the clear winner among the social networking space. More people will be adopt Web 2.0 strategies for their web sites and link their Web 2.0 strategy with SOA.
Microsoft Zune will overtake the Apple iPod and will be hottest electronic device of 2008. I hope Microsoft will end up with a Zune Phone. The latest editions of Zune provides a user-friendly interface, exceptional navigation control, audio and video podcast support, a superlative FM radio, wireless syncing and sharing, high-quality earphones, revamped Zune Marketplace PC software, Zune Pass subscription music support, good audio quality, and a built-in composite-video output.
Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)
Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) will be another big hit in year 2008. A Mobile Internet Device (MID) is an Ultra-Mobile PC initiative introduced by Intel. Intel is developing its own take on the mini-tablet, with a new ultra-mobile PC platform announced at Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The new device is based on Linux.
Microsoft's new Products
I think Microsoft will be the undisputed leader in the software development and IT market in year 2008. If you are software developer specialized in the .Net framework area, the year 2008 will be specially for you. In 2008, Microsoft is planning to release bunch of products that spans operating systems to developer tools. The latest additions will be commercial version of Visual Studio 2008 and Sql Server 2008, Vista Service Pack 1 , Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2008. I hope Visual Studio 2008 will be best developer tool of 2008 and Sql Server 2008 will emerge as a great competitor to Oracle database and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 will become a clear winner among the Mobile OS space.