CompTIAs 10 Most Influential IT Products of the Last 25 Years

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

CompTIAs 10 Most Influential IT Products of the Last 25 Years

CompTIAs most influential tech products of the past 25 years are based on a poll of 471 IT pros. If youre thinking, Wow, thats a whole lot of Microsoft, youre right. The Redmondians took most of the top spots. That alone should generate

CompTIAs 10 Most Influential IT Products of the Last 25 Years

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Introduced in 1996, this was the first personal digital assistant manufactured by Palm, at the time a division of U.S. Robotics. The following year, the device was named High Tech Gizmo of the Year by Newsweek.

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Introduced in 1994, Navigator quickly became the leading Web browser. Lets face it -- for many of us Netscape WAS the Web.

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A popular anti-virus application. It stopped bad things from happening. For a while at least.

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Introduced in 1988, Photoshop quickly became the de facto standard in image editing. It has also made us wonder ever since if any picture we see is real.

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Ahh, the crackberry, so named for its addictive qualities. Launched in 1999 by Research In Motion, this all-in-one wireless data and voice device was the first wireless device to synchronize with company e-mail systems.

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Excel has captured some 90 percent of the spreadsheet market since its launch in the mid-1980s. We didnt say it was sexy, folks.

CompTIAs 10 Most Influential IT Products of the Last 25 Years - Number 4 (tie)

CompTIAs 10 Most Influential IT Products of the Last 25 Years - Number 4 (tie)

The only non-Microsoft product in the top five. More than 100 million iPods have been sold since the portable digital media player launched in 2001. Thats a whole lot of smug.

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Seriously? OK, so its the most widely used operating system for desktop and laptop computers ever. But really? 95?

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Whole companies went out of business as Word ascended to become the most widely used word processing application on the market.

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Dubbed the most influential product of the past 25 years by 66 percent of the IT professionals surveyed by CompTIA. The first version of the browser launched in 1995, and by 1999 Internet Explorer had become the markets predominant Web browser, a positio

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