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Apple App Store

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 01-10-2012 Print

With the second decade of the 21st Century well underway, we thought it was a perfect time to pause and consider the remarkable products and technological innovations we've seen so far. The past 11 years have ushered in a parade of disruptive, life-altering (and business-altering) products and services that have settled so firmly into our everyday lives that it's hard to remember how we functioned without them. In the process, these innovations have rewritten the rules of enterprise IT, reshaped the ways in which we communicate, and revamped our workplaces. The eight technology innovations on this list were chosen based on the impact they've had in our work environments, our personal lives, or both.

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The physical handset isn't the only thing revolutionary about the Apple iPhone. The company's method of delivering mobile apps to users has forever changed expectations about how and where we'll get our software-not just for our phones, but for our computers as well. The "app store" concept was quickly mimicked by a number of other players, including BlackBerry, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Apple reported in December 2011 that customers have downloaded 18 billion apps from its app store since it launched in 2007.



 

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