I’m convinced that open webtechnologies are suited for more than just web page development. I don’t see why you can’t write desktop applications using open webtechnologies. So, I’m also pretty optimistic about what Google is trying to do with Chrome OS.
Currently open web technologies aren’t really a good fit for heavy graphics applications. We are moving into the right direction, with the video and canvas tags, css transitions in safari and some support for svg, but using silverlight or flash is still a better solution here. So i also thought that Augmented Reality applications weren’t really doable in using open web technologies. But apparently, i’m mistaken: Augmented Reality is hot, and the Web can do it.
The number of netbooks and smartphones will surpass all other computing devices. Just like there are more unix servers than mainframes, there are more desktop pc’s than unix servers, there are more laptops than desktop pc’s, netbooks/internet-tablets will outnumber laptops, and smartphones will outnumber internet-tablets. Smartphone will become the most widespread computing platform of the future (especially as it will replace a number of devices like photo and video camera’s and other devices). It is my hope that we will have simple and open technologies to target these devices.