Making predictions about the future of technology can be extremely difficult, especially when trends seem to change overnight. However, there have been a few overarching themes in 2015 that will easily carry over and grow in the year to come. Mobile devices continue to set the tone and change the way we look at and interact with technology. These devices, even when not being used on their own, are often a “controller” for other technology. Wearable and mobile point-of-sale technology, for example, tends not to have its own interface, and even when it does, the full features of the device generally aren’t revealed until paired with a mobile device.

The way mobile software is designed has also significantly affected the look and feel of both desktop software and websites. Consumers have come to expect user interfaces to be laid out in a clean, concise manner and are accepting of sections that scroll both horizontally and vertically. Flat icons and large content containers have even found their way into Windows 10, and when the sale of computers preloaded with Windows 7 ceases in 2016, expect more websites to use these design elements as they are more touch-friendly.

Below, we will take a look at how software will progress in 2016, specifically in the areas of Mobile, Desktop, User Interface and User Experience, Wearable Technology, the Cloud, and eCommerce. While this may not be a comprehensive list of all the areas software will change next year, it does however provide a rundown of upward trends throughout 2015 for each respective field that should ultimately lead to advancements and changes in the year to come.

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