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1/10/2009
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10 Things That WON'T Happen In 2009

As we ease into the new year, everybody and his brother has predicted what will happen in 2009. But that wasn't good enough for the folks at bMighty.com -- we decided to buck conventional wisdom and tell you about 10 important things that won't happen this year.

As we ease into the new year, everybody and his brother has predicted what will happen in 2009. But that wasn't good enough for the folks at bMighty.com -- we decided to buck conventional wisdom and tell you about 10 important things that won't happen this year.So, what can you expect NOT to happen in 2009? You'll have to check out the entire bMighty.com slideshow for the complete list, but here's a teaser:

For one thing, DON'T expect Internet Explorer to lose its role as king of the browsers. Sure, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera are gaining ground, but don't hold your breath -- reports of IE's demise have been greatly exaggerated. For every blissful migration to an alternative browser, there are still plenty of users clinging to IE. The statistics don't lie: IE's market share remains almost 70% and it's not going to slip below 50% this year. No way, no how.

And here's another teaser: DON'T expect blogging to be replaced by Twitter and Facebook and Flickr. There was a lot of talk in late 2008 about how blogging had become bloated, passe, corporate, and overrun with flame wars and spam. (True enough, I guess, except for this blog.) And that Facebook and Twitter and the like are faster, more direct and more personal. Also true enough, at least in some cases. But reports of blogging's death have been greatly exaggerated. If anything, 2009 will see even more blogging than 2008, even as alternative platforms grow even faster. The death of blogging will have to wait.

Want more hints? Well, how about an operating system that WON'T ship, free lunches that WON'T stop, a bailout that WON'T happen, and a sun that WON'T come out.

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