So what will 2013 bring for the tech industry? Here are some of my fearless (and not so fearless) predictions: Windows 8 will struggle to gain a following. Sales are already slow. Most consumers will still opt for Windows 7 because of the familiarity factor. However, Microsoft will team with manufacturers to force Windows 8 purchases on consumers through lower pricing on Windows 8 and other gimmicks. Tablet sales will continue to go through the roof as the battle for the tablet market drives down pricing. Within five years nearly every person will have some kind of mobile computing device. A revolution in education will continue as cheaper tablets will allow schools to replace traditional textbooks and teaching methods with technology. More and more studies will show that this technology raises test scores and engages kids to learn. A massive Internet outage will occur in Europe and/or North America, caused by a terrorist cyber attack. This will cause some other infrastructure, such as power grids, to fail. As a response, a global cyber war will ensue, causing more temporary Internet outages throughout the world. The United States will commit massive resources to upgrade and protect its cyber infrastructure. Social Media will continue to get even more popular. However, a major theft of private data will force states to evaluate consumer protection laws. Virtual grocery stores will begin to appear in large cities allowing people to browse for items, put them in a cart, check out, apply coupons and have them delivered right to their doorsteps. Windom will land a new business based mainly upon the infrastructure provided by the Windomnet fiber system.