PC Advisor editors and expert contributors, with reader feedback from pcadvisor.co.uk's 300,000 registered users, have nominated ten products, technologies, people and companies that have defined the decade 2000-2009 and will still hold influence over the next.
The last hardware nominee for Product Of The Decade is 2001's Sky+ digital satellite receiver/decoder and personal video recorder (PVR). Though not the first device of its kind - and less well known than the Tivo abroad - its ubiquity in the UK market made it an industry changer, allied with leading satellite broadcaster Sky. It defines the PVR category in the UK, with most such devices referred to as Sky+ whatever the make. Remote functionality via mobile phone and even its own iPhone app have added to its popularity.
The BBC iPlayer (2008) streaming internet television service is another industry leader that defines its category. So successful has iPlayer been that UK ISPs have complained about the additional bandwidth the service requires.
iPlayer now accounts for around five percent of all UK traffic. By the start of this year over 180 million programmes had been watched on iPlayer since its release.
Google Search has of course been one of the defining products of the decade, quickly quashing entrenched opposition and becoming a byword for all internet search. Google.com is the most-visited website in the world, and has a series of localised websites as well. Although now over ten years old Google Search is constantly revised and the secrets of its search algorithms are as arcane as the plot of any Dan Brown novel. Unlike Dan Brown novels, however, it doesn't take itself too seriously, with its regular funny little Google Doodle logo transformations.
Microsoft Windows XP
Although PC Advisor's Product Of The Year (2009) is Windows 7, one of our nominees for Product Of The Decade is Microsoft Windows XP. The name 'XP' is short for 'eXPerience'. Although disliked on its launch in 2001 it hit maturity on the release of its Service Pack 2 in 2004. But its real defining period of exultation came in 2007 when its successor Windows Vista was launched to an avalanche of negative criticism.
Skype was the voice-over-the-internet service that promised so much on its release in 2003. Since then, while it hasn't destroyed traditional telecommunications as was originally envisioned, it has transformed videotelephony for millions of consumers and businesses. Its name comes from the project's original title of 'Sky peer-to-peer'.
Wikipedia is another product launched this decade that has changed the way we all access and search for information. Launched in 2001 by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales Wikipedia passed the 2 million-article mark on September 9, 2007, making it the largest encyclopedia ever assembled, eclipsing even the Yongle Encyclopedia (1407), which had held the record for exactly 600 years [source: Wikipedia].
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