Back to the Future Day: A look at computing then, now, and beyond!

Posted by Anne Campbell on Oct 21, 2015 4:05:29 PM

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No, it’s not a Facebook hoax this time. We’ve finally arrived at the day Marty McFly travels to in “Back to the Future II” — October 21, 2015, also known as Back to the Future Day. The Internet has been buzzing about what the movie got right (and mostly wrong) about 2015. Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd even weigh in on the debate in this Toyota commercial.

Jaws 19 might not be in theaters today, but Nike did just confirmed that it really has developed the first pair of self-lacing sneakers.

At Intronis, that got us thinking about how much has changed in the IT channel since 1989. (If anyone was even calling it that back then.) Here are a few of our favorite highlights.

Macintosh PortableThen: 1989

Now: 2015

  • Microsoft introduces Windows 10, dubbing it the “last version of Windows.” The new OS marks a shift to a cloud-centric model for Windows.
  • Apple releases the Apple Watch. Starting at $349, the device Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities and up to 18 hours of battery life.
  • The Internet of Things gain momentum, with everything from smart watches to smart refrigerators and even smart light bulbs connecting to the Internet.
  • As more employees work remotely and need to interact with corporate information on a variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, file sync and share solutions become more popular.
  • Cloud backup solutions are now a business standard, making data backup faster, easier, and more secure.

file sync and share solution

Future: 2039

We asked a few of our MSP Partners what new technology they think we’ll have in another 25 years. Here are some of their suggestions:

  • “Google Glasses embedded into contacts!”
  • “Teleportation. No more rush hour traffic …”
  • “Brain backup – backup and recovery for your brain”
  • “Cold fusion batteries for mobile devices. Power for days!”
  • “Siri built into flying cars”
  • “Semi-affordable space travel to earth orbit”

What do you think of their suggestions? What other new technology do you think we’ll have in 25 years?

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Microsoft Windows

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