Nos. 21 to 25

By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2010-02-11 Print this article Print


21. Treo

Looking at it today, the Treo may seem like just another smartphone. But the early Treo set the stage for and was very influential in the development of modern smartphones. Any phone today that isn't an iPhone or a new phone directly influenced by the iPhone owes a huge debt to the Treo (and even the iPhone is influenced by the Treo).

22. Twitter

Twitter is a waste of time. We'll just post that on our Facebook and corporate collaboration system status updates. Hmm. Maybe Twitter has been massively influential and changed the way we all communicate.

23. VMware

Virtualization has been around for more than 10 years, but it was in the last decade that it really took off. And, to a large degree, the impetus for this drive to virtualize was VMware technology. Offering everything from simple-to-use products that let consumers run virtual machines to the most robust enterprise-class virtualization platforms, VMware has made it possible to run whole farms of servers with very little hardware involved.

24. VOIP, Skype, SIP

Like virtualization, VOIP technology has been around for more than 10 years. However, it's only in the last 10 years that the technology has reached a real state of usability. Skype helped show consumers how cheap and easy voice calls can be from a PC, while SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) signaling eased standards-based interoperability among vendors, opening the door for the integration of many different kinds of products into the communications mix.

25. Windows XP

With all of the recent hype about Windows 7-and the bad experiences that nearly every user has had at one time or another with Windows XP-it might seem strange to see Windows Vista's predecessor on any top tech list. But XP is certainly the most dominant operating system of the decade. And when Vista proved to be a disappointment, a majority of users and businesses were happy to stick with XP (and many still are).

What did we miss? What's on the list that shouldn't be? Let Labs Managing Editor Jason Brooks know at


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