We are about to enter the Year of the Ox, as this image by Jason Kwok illustrates.
2009 may also be the year of the operating system. As Walt Mossberg notes:
This will be a big year for new operating systems. Apple plans a new version of its Macintosh operating system, to be called Snow Leopard. Palm plans an all-new smart phone operating system called Palm WebOS. But the new release that will affect more users than any other will be Windows 7, the latest major edition of Microsoft’s dominant platform.
That’s before we even get to the further adventures of Android.
Important though the web is as a platform, there are other platforms, with the operating systems prominent among them. In fact, one might say that it’s platforms all the way down.