Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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Microsoft made waves or, to be more accurate, allowed gamers to ride virtual waves, with the release of Kinect for Xbox 360, a sensor that lets players use their own voices and bodies to play games and interact with entertainment. Within the first 25 days of its release, Microsoft sold more than 2.5 million Kinect sensors, creating a holiday furor for the rapidly hard-to-find devices. In November, Kinect represented 60% of all videogame hardware accessory sales, according to NPD Group.
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.