Here’s the second part of our review of 2009, looking at some of the big news and my favorite WebWorkerDaily blog posts from the past year. (I published the first part yesterday.)
July’s often a quiet month, but big news was the release of the MS Office 2010 technical preview, and Will spent some time putting it through its paces (although, disappointingly, Office Web Apps was not released at the same time). Also released was iPhone OS 3.0, which included useful push notifications. Sharing your screen got a little easier as Skype added in its latest release — I tried it out on a call with jkOnTherun blogger James. Sam pondered on the efficiency benefits of multi-monitor setups; Dawn discussed the impacts that blanket corporate policies can have on web working employees; Meryl shared 34 ways to use YouTube for business; Thursday explained how to turn a hotel room into a web working office; and most of the team contributed to a debate on personal branding.
Google Wave started creating a lot of buzz as it was gearing up for launch. TypePad released a new version of its blogging platform and added microblogging features, while Aviary made online photo editing a snap; Aliza asked if Twitter is really better than Facebook for your business; Charles reviewed business-oriented virtual PBX system Grasshopper; Celine shared some SEO basics; Amber explained why your blog is your mothership; and Georgina wrote about how to build trust remotely.
Nancy weighed in on the growing health care debate, looking at whether health insurance and self-employment can mix. After all the buzz, Google Wave finally started to roll out to a limited number of users, and Microsoft started to release Office Web Apps and announced Project 2010, which promises significant improvements. The beta of Evernote 3.5 for Windows arrived; Darrell wrote about Bento, a nice Mac database management app; and Aliza shared how to explain to clients why they should engage in social media.
The big news revolved around operating systems: Both Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 were released. Twitter and Facebook updates started to appear in search engines. I reviewed TinyGrab, a simple screen grabbing and sharing app; Darrell wrote about justifying the expense of coworking as an investment; Dawn questioned whether Twitter was replacing the RSS reader; Celine shared her Google Calendar tips and tricks, while Scott detailed why he moved from Backpack to Springpad.
Black Friday sales provided opportunities to grab some bargains. Microsoft Office 2010 entered beta, while Mozilla celebrated Firefox’s fifth birthday and released the first beta of Firefox 3.6. TweetDeck updated to support the new Twitter lists and retweet functionality. Darrell wrote about his experience with his netbook six months in, while Charlie listed must-have iPhone/iPod touch apps for newbies.
As we moved toward the holiday season, December was a quieter month, although we saw Google adding true real-time search to its results pages. Amber posted an excellent series of articles on accountability partnerships, while Meryl explained how to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is effective; Celine shared her Google Reader tips and tricks; and Aliza busted some common social media myths.
So that’s it, 2009 — a year that’s seen some pretty big changes for web workers. What’s been the most important news for you?
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