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When the technology was founded: Microsoft Office was first released in fall 1990 for Windows 3.0.
Why the technology will be around for another 20 years: Without doubt, Microsoft Office is one of the most used, and understandably the most expensive office and productivity suite of programs on the market. Because of its userbase in the hundreds of millions, ranging from large corporations to governments, it is almost as widely used as Windows itself.
But the one thing that hinders it the most is that bar the Office:mac edition, it only runs on the Windows platform. As so many people use Office as a document standard, it all but forces out competitors as its market dominates further.
There is a good reason why it has become what it is. Not only does it dole out everything that one needs in an office suite, but has always maintained its version history to each major release of the platforms it is supplied on; both Windows and Mac OS X.
Office will, in my opinion, no doubt survive for the next 20 years on any platform that Windows becomes or evolves into.
When the technology was founded: 19th century, part of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine.
Why the technology will be around for another 20 years: To put it simply and bluntly, how else would we get stuff out of the computer?Printers are absolutely vital to our everyday living and working. Without them, there would be no such thing as a 'papertrail' and there would be nothing to screw up in a moment of frustration to throw at your co-workers. The fact of the matter is, unless we suddenly all ditch the very notion of paper altogether - which is unlikely to ever happen, then printers will remain a vital part of our technologically progressive society.
When the technology was founded: The 'modern' television was born in 1926.
Why the technology will be around for another 20 years: Radio and television has supported the world in times of crisis and in times of joy. Even though technological developments have changed the way we listen to radio and in particular television, the window to the world is still ever present in all but every household in the modern world.
Though on-demand media and 'broadcast control' technology like Sky+ and TiVo has brought an extra dimension of command to our television broadcasts, the key element is the set itself. It's not going anywhere any time soon.