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
Research In Motion
Not all telecoms innovation came from Finland (Nokia), Sweden (Ericsson) and California (Apple). Canada's Research In Motion (RIM) changed the way first busy business people and then ordinary consumers access their communications. Its BlackBerry smartphones pioneered push email and have ruined many a social or cultural event with their beeps and hurried pocket fumbling.
In 2009 Fortune Magazine named RIM as the fastest growing company in the world with a growth of 84 percent in profits over three years despite the recession. In 10 years RIM has sold over 50 million wireless handset units worldwide.
Whether always-on mobile access to email is a good thing is a point for debate, but it's here to stay and that is in no small part down to RIM.
See also: PC Advisor's Person of the Decade