I am officially making a not-too-risky prediction. This will be the year of the web application. The “new bubble” will not be driven by portal sites and online dating. It will be driven by applications designed to make computing anywhere one step closer to reality.

As many know, I am a huge fan of web applications and use several to get things done. Here are just some of the ones I am excited about that are coming to a browser near you very soon:

30 Boxes – An online calendar application that some are saying “will be to calendars what GMail was to Email”

Campfire – Online chat and collaboration from the good folks at 37 Signals so you know it is done right.

Sunrise – “CRMish” application for small business also from 37 Signals.

Should shape up to be an exciting year.