What's on Microsoft's agenda for 2008?

It's the end of the year, which means it's pundit prognostication time again. Here are 10 predictions about what I think we'll see in Microsoft land in 2008.

It's the end of the year, which means it's pundit prognostication time again. Here are my 10 predictions about what I think we'll see in Microsoft land in 2008.

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(I could have done a lot more than 10, given I'm finishing up a book on Microsoft's future, Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era. If you want more, you'll have to wait until this spring.)

For this Top 10 list, I didn't go for the low-hanging fruit and predict that Service Pack 3 will give Windows XP a new lease on life... or that the Internet Explorer (IE) team will field a first test build of IE 8. Too easy!

Instead, I'm sticking my neck out with 10 less obvious predictions for the new year, ranging from Beta 1 of Office 14, to a surprise, big-name hire for Microsoft's Expression team.

Remember: These are all predictions only, based on source and reader tips. Microsoft hasn't confirmed these predictions and won't.

What are your predictions regarding what Microsoft will -- and won't -- do in 2008?

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