I just had an inquiry with a client who wanted to discuss Web 3.0. In discussing his questions, I learned that he had equated Web 3.0 to the semantic Web.
Gartner has made it clear that we don’t think there will be a ‘Web 3.0′, at least not any time soon. Web 2.0 was a sea change, enough so to warrant a ‘2.0’ label. We don’t see a similar sea change on the horizon, at least not enough to warrant the ‘3.0’ label. Instead, we will see more evolutionary changes, so Web 2.1, Web 2.2, etc. will be the logical next set of numbers (if you like numbering schemes).
However, we do see lots of innovation. In addition to the semantic Web, cloud computing and the mobile Web are leading areas of innovation in and around the Web. But there are others.
What are your candidates for leading areas of Web innovation that are on the horizon?