Government IT and apps in the cloud
The good news for small software entrepreneurs is that about half the apps will be provided by small businesses. Being shut out of Government contracts has been a source of difficulty for smaller businesses for years.
Called the Cloudstore, although there's no actual store technology in it yet, the idea is to make software procurement much cheaper and easier and work in the way that the current and future generation of civil servants already download apps in their day to day lives. Increasing amounts of mobiles work in this way - Microsoft has been the last to capitulate and add an app store to its phone offering.
The Government has been talking about saving money and increasing efficiency through the cloud for some time now, with the so-called G-Cloud. Whether any of this will result in a tax cut or earlier settlement of the deficit is...excuse me, laughing too hard...