Psychic predictions for tech in 2009

Countless people are trying to predict what 2009 could hold for the world of technology. Of course, it's all just guesswork -- these pundits aren't working with a crystal ball. So we decided to find someone who was.

On Bill Gates

o Curious Office Partners' Kelly Smith: The Microsoft chairman might get the government nod for the nation's first chief technology officer. "[He] understand[s] how to think about technology on a massive scale."

o Psychic Celia: Something good will happen on April 16th. "I see a lucky day and a lucky star falling for him. There's going to be a lot of joy and a lot of warmness in his heart that day."

o Psychic Shaun: Gates will start looking for new projects, which may or may not involve legumes. "He's got to spread out into other venues, and he has a couple of ideas. His tree needs to be implanted with different roots so it can prosper in different little mini-pea pods."

Is anyone else suddenly craving fresh salad?

On Windows 7

o Computerworld's Nancy Weil: Windows all the way in 2009 -- but not till late 2009. "We'll also be so bold as to predict it will be a vast improvement over Vista. ... [It] will be well-received and help Microsoft regain some of the operating system edge it lost in 2008."

o Psychic Celia: The new OS will be a hit. Don't expect to see it until the middle of the year, though.

o Psychic Shaun: Seven's the lucky number. "It should work. What they're doing is they're reinventing the seed."

Here's hoping that seed produces some nice pea pods.

On Google

o ZDNet's Garett Rogers: Google's Chrome browser will grab as much as 15 percent of the browser market as it begins being preinstalled on new PCs. Google will also see solid financial gains. "The share price should close in the green for 2009."

o Psychic Celia: Google's going to grow three times bigger. "There's a company that'll get involved with Google that will make it go that much higher this year. It will be a company that advertises."

o Psychic Shaun: Google's growth is going to slow -- unless it finds the right new idea. "They need to come up and do something that's going to knock it out of the ballpark."

Just don't knock it out too far, Google gang. Bill Gates is implanting roots next door.

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