The end of the first decade of the 21st Century marks a great time to take stock of a monumental decade in technology. Here are PC Advisor's companies of the decade: there can be only one winner.
The company of the decade: nominees
You know a company has made it when its name becomes a verb: want to clean the floor, you 'Hoover' up; need some info, 'Google' it... and if you want to earn some money or grab a bargain online, you eBay.
Although it was founded in the mid 1990s, in this decade eBay has expanded exponentially, purchasing PayPal, and selling millions of items every day. It's also bought and sold Skype, had numerous spats with buyers and sellers, various security alerts, and always, always been an interesting story. Today there are more than 60 eBay sites around the world.
And despite making only a tiny percentage on each sale, eBay's revenues now run in the billions. Nice work.
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- eBay phishing scam scariest email blunder of 2009
- eBay fined €1.7m for perfume sales
Amidst all the dotcoms, startups and chancers thrown up by the first decade of the century, HP is a throwback: a consumer electronics corporation that makes things, and then sells them.
Founded in the 1930s, Hewlett Packard has enjoyed a successful decade. The first IT company in history to enjoy yearly revenues in excess of $100 billion, HP is both the biggest PC manufacturer and the largest technology company on the planet.
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See also: PC Advisor's Person of the Decade