At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco in few months ago, I came across the report 'The State of the Internet Operating System' byTim O'Reilly (yes, of O'Relly publications). The report is easy to read and written for a non-techie, although you do have to know enough basic internet technology to fully appreciate it. (Update: 'The State of the Internet Operating System' byTim O'Reilly can be read on the O'relily website, click on link). This is Tim's introduction to the report:
I've been talking for years about "the internet operating system", but I realized I've never written an extended post to define what I think it is, where it is going, and the choices we face. This is that missing post. Here you will see the underlying beliefs about the future that are guiding mypublishing program as well as the rationale behind conferences I organize like the Web 2.0 Summit and Web 2.0 Expo, the Where 2.0 Conference, and even the Gov 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 Expo.