My top Apps of 2010

bestapps.jpgEveryone’s got a Top ‘something’ of the year list, so I thought I’d jump in with my picks for Top Apps of 2010 — with a little twist; only one app, per platform, amongst the 3 platforms I use (Windows, iOS (iPad), and Internet). Yes, Internet, for my purposes is a platform — it’s mostly device agnostic, and had great new apps this year.

So, without further adiu…

chrome.jpgTop Windows App for 2010 – Google Chrome
Bear with me on this one. The reason Chrome is at the top of the Windows App list for me in 2010 is simply because the Internet enables so much these days; my pick would have been a browser over any other type of application.

Dedicated platform apps are a dying breed. Tied to particular hardware, software developers just can’t leverage the benefits that browser-based applications can deliver. Using the browser interface, it’s a huge win for application developers as they can just code once, and have the software run anywhere that the browser can run. Google Docs for example. Or the Aviary suite of creative tools.

And right now, Chrome is the best-of-breed for browsers on Windows.

FlipboardLogo.pngTop iOS (iPad) App for 2010 – Flipboard
It’s hard not to love Flipboard. It popped on the scene and suddenly everyone was writing about it.

Obviously Flipboard addressed a need — that being to have a very clean and elegant way to bring news to the iPad, in a way that takes advantage of the iPad’s large display screen and applies new usability rules to the larger interface.

And it was free. Suddenly every blog and RSS feed could look be viewed and enjoyed on the iPad in a way that suited the hardware.

Awesome win, and rumor has it that Flipboard is in development for other OS and tablet devices. Even Awesom-er win :smileyhappy:

dropboxlogo.jpgTop Internet App for 2010 – Dropbox
Ah yes, the free ubiquitous online storage provider that’s a friend to technophiles everywhere. Brought to you through your friendly Internet connection.

Simple user experience is how Dropbox continues to be on the top of my lists; connect all your computers and devices to one Dropbox account, and any file you save into your private Dropbox directory on any device is then available to any of the other computers you’ve connected to that account. Simple. Effective.

While it’s not new this year, Dropbox made big waves as they increased the amount of free online storage to 8GB. Which is cool, but it’s really the extended multi-device functionality that Dropbox enables across many diverse operating systems and platforms that makes it a winner for me.

Yes, well, there were other contenders, but for me they didn’t make the cut, and I’m sure I’ve missed your favourite app for this year. Some of you will have noticed that I didn’t touch on OSX or Linux — I don’t use the platforms often enough to stay up on the cool toys, sadly. But perhaps you can help fill that void and comment on your favourite app of the year?

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