Next month will mark the 20th anniversary of a milestone in the information technology revolution - the debut of the first personal computer from IBM. The machine helped legitimise the PC market and create a generation of people who cannot remember working without them, according to Michael Miller, editor-in-chief of one of the world's leading technology publications, PC Magazine . Despite the recent slump in the IT industry, which had seen thousands of lay-offs, steep declines in product sales and slashed stock prices for companies, there would be more milestones in the next decade, said Mr Miller, who has covered IT almost as long as the PC has been around. He is in Hong Kong this week to check out the regional market and explore new avenues for PC Magazine , which has 6.7 million readers worldwide. 'There has been a slowdown in PC sales, but you need to look at it long-term,' said Mr Miller, who has headed the publication for the past 10 years. He said the upgrade cycle might have lengthened, but more people would need computers and upgrade old hardware with the latest developments. In the next 10 years, the revolution would continue with computing on-the-go, the migration of data from desktops to wireless devices, and broadband, he said. 'Clearly you are going to see mobile computing grow to become a lot more commonplace,' Mr Miller said. Wireless devices would become tremendously important in moving data from place to place, he added. Another trend will see more people using the information superhighway via broadband connections instead of slow phone lines, despite the slow take-up in many places, including Hong Kong. Mr Miller cautioned that changes would not take place overnight. 'That does not mean everything is going to happen instantly - but is wireless going to happen long-term? Absolutely. Are broadband connections going to become ubiquitous? Of course,' he said. Another crucial development would be computer applications that talked to each other, Mr Miller said. For example, future programmers could create code to search databases and draw conclusions, or discover ways to provide automatic billing without human contact. Machines now scan a Web page but cannot pick which number signifies a price, a stock quote or the temperature because the data is meaningless to them. 'Everybody's got their own phrases for it, but we are all talking about the same thing - which is, applications are going to get smart enough to talk to one another,' Mr Miller said. He predicted other, smaller evolutions would take place. Digital cameras will become more popular than cameras using film, voice recognition will improve while languages will be translated instantly. 'These are technologies that are coming. So I'm looking at where the industry is, and saying 'yeah, we're having a slowdown now, but there's all these other things to be done',' Mr Miller said. 'And they will get done, I have no doubt about it.'