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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

July 31, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Most influential tech product: Internet Explorer?

That’s the conclusion of a survey reported today by the Computing Technology Industry Association, a Microsoft-friendly group known as CompTIA.

Its survey of 471 IT pros asked what was the most influential technology product of the past 25 years. It’s kind of interesting but I’ll bet you’d get different results every time you did one of these surveys.

From the release:

Internet Explorer was selected as the most influential product of the past quarter-century by 66 percent of the IT professionals surveyed. The first version of the browser launched in 1995, and by 1999 Internet Explorer had become the market’s predominant Web browser, a position it still holds today.

Microsoft Word was second place, chosen by 50 percent of respondents. Microsoft Excel and Apple’s iPod tied for fourth place, with 49 percent each.

Others on the list, in descending order:

— BlackBerry, 39 percent

— Adobe Photoshop, 35 percent

— McAfee VirusScan, 32 percent

— Netscape Navigator, the browser that preceded Explorer in 1994, 31 percent

— Palm, 31 percent

Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Microsoft

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