Internet Explorer is the most influential technology of the past quarter-century, according to a new CompTIA study of IT pros. The firm says that a full two-thirds of all results nominated the Microsoft web browser for the top spot, eclipsing the second place Microsoft Word, which obtained 56 percent. Notably, virtually all of the top five was dominated by Microsoft products, according to the survey; only Apple's iPod was able to crack the upper ranks of the poll, tying with Excel at 49 percent and falling just behind Windows 95, which reached 50 percent.
Exact reasons were not given for IE's popularity in the list, though the browser is commonly credited with taking over from Netscape Navigator (which reached ninth place at 31 percent) as the de facto basis for web browsing and growing use of the Internet from the mid-1990s onward.
Other top ten products included the BlackBerry messenger (39 percent), Adobe's Photoshop visual editor (35 percent), McAfee VirusScan (32 percent), and the original PalmPilot (31 percent), which helped pioneer the PDA and ultimately the smartphone. Most of the products on the list were chosen because they were the first in their class or the first to make a particular service extremely popular, CompTIA noted.
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