Microsoft’s Internet products were recognised for the first time at this year’s PC World Awards, with Outlook 98 taking the best email category, Internet Explorer beating Netscape’s rival Web browser and Exchange winning best Workgroup Software over former champ Lotus Notes.
However, it was a different story in the PDA/handheld PC category where Windows CE-based devices got the big thumbs down: 3Com’s Palm swept the field with 37% of the vote, followed by the Psion Series 5 (last year’s winner) with 32% of the vote.
In the Business Desktop PC category, PC Direct’s hold on the trophy was finally loosened by the newly merged Compaq, whose Deskpro series captured 18% of votes. However, after its year of change, PC Direct was able to retain best Home PC and the crucial Service and Support (Hardware) title.
In other table turners, the refocused Xtra regained the best ISP crown it lost to Clear Net in 97; Symantec knocked off veteran champ McAfee for best AntiVirus software; Sony took best Digital Camera from inaugural winner Kodak; Dynalink took the best Modem trophy from 3Com/USR and Epson managed to break the HP printer title monopoly by seizing the two colour categories.
@PC World drew the most votes for best New Zealand Web site. While PC World appreciated the support, the award went to Clear Net for its home page because it couldn’t be given in-house.
Windows 98 made a strong showing, but the best OS title was retained by Windows 95, with NT on 19%.