Google’s announcement of Chrome OS could be a game changer. We won’t have to write traditional apps like we do with Windows or OSX but it does put the onus back on web 2.0 technologies and writing web-based applications. If it takes off and the major development houses support it, I can see Chrome taking some market share away from Microsoft. That’s why I suspect Microsoft is already trying to figure out how to make Windows 7 even smaller and faster and friendlier. Unlike Vista, Windows 7 will run on a Netbook so Microsoft is already thinking in that direction. Apple, on the other hand, already has a smaller, friendlier, web-savvy OS; the iPhone. Stick that OS in a 9″-12″ tablet form factor and the Chrome OS announcement becomes a smaller ripple.
Writing code is changing again but the need for code writers remains the same. Being a techie has proven to be recession-proof as the tech industry is one of the least hit venues for the current economic crisis. I remember back in the day, writing assembly code for big mainframe computers … couldn’t imagine then the environment we live in now … just like I can’t imagine what things will look like in the next 30 years.