In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
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The browser war became even more heated in 2010 as the leaders unveiled new betas and releases, battling it out for market share and user clicks. In November, Mozilla released the Firefox 4 beta for mobile, available in 10 languages for Android or Maemo devices. Firefox beta 4 steadily moves ahead, now featuring multi-touch support for Windows 7. Speaking of Windows, Microsoft unveiled the beta of Internet Explorer 9, positioning its latest iteration around speed, performance, interoperability, and graphics capabilities. For its part, in September Google took the wraps off Chrome 7, featuring new capabilities such as WebM video support, form auto fill support, and a simplified user interface. Not to be outdone, Operareleased beta 11 of its eponymous browser. In addition, startups such as RockMelt integrated the world of social media with browsers, entering the space with a new concept and product.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.