2x62: Hey Eckhardt

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which what will happen in 2020 is laid out for your consideration with perfect precision. Yes, it’s the predictions episode! This is what will happen in the next year:

Stuart

  • Slack will be purchased by either Microsoft, WebEx (Cisco) or Zoom. (Jeremy thinks the same, but by Salesforce, Google, or Amazon, in that order)
  • There will have been no convictions under the CCPA by the end of 2020
  • It's the end of cookie warnings, as the EU ePrivacy stuff actually starts to kick in
  • Bonuses: Epic store releases on Linux; it'll be common to have drone displays instead of fireworks

Jono

  • Benioff leaves as CEO at Salesforce
  • Microsoft, Amazon, and Google will all offer quantum computing services for their clouds, which will not be in preview but will actually be in beta or final
  • Amazon will release a color kindle
  • Bonuses: Canonical will get acquired; Playstation 5 will launch to very positive press reviews; Facebook Spaces will continue to be something people don’t care about; Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Jeremy

  • Disney acquires EA, or Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard
  • Just a few short years after Ubuntu pulled the cord on convergence, a phone of that nature is released by a major manufacturer
  • Uber shutters Uber Eats
  • Bonuses: There will be no level 5 autonomous cars in 2020

Who called it?

James Whitehurst, 52, IBM SVP and CEO of Red Hat, has been appointed to IBM’s board as president of the company.

Most likely Cisco Webex since it’s missing chat and Slack is missing telephony integration. A Cisco-Webex-Slack combo would present a comparable offering to what Teams and Zoom already have but neither Webex nor Slack have on their own.

CNBC: Slack is working on integrating with rival Microsoft Teams for calls, says CEO Stewart Butterfield.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/26/slack-is-working-on-microsoft-teams-calling-integration-says-ceo.html

Not quite purchased but I don’t think anyone else will step up if this works. Point for @sil.

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