It was the year when Bill Gates announced he would step down from Microsoft, Windows Vista launched (just), user-generated content and social networking changed the way we use the internet, and chipmakers brought us dual-core chips that significantly boosted the speed of PCs.

But how will you remember 2006?

Check out our story charting what we see as the biggest news stories from the past 12 months, and then let us know if you think we’ve got it wrong. While you’re there, read our list of the most memorable quotes of the year too. The IT industry’s leading figures are usually good value for money when it comes to back-handed compliments and quirky comments, and they didn’t let us down this year.