Although few could say it was a surprise, the announcement this week that Apple founder Steve Jobs would resign from his position as CEO still rocked the industry to the core. Chief operating officer Tim Cook will succeed the 56-year-old Jobs; indeed, his stints at the helm of the company during Jobs’ absences in 2004, 2009 and since January this year most likely eased the transition for Apple employees and shareholders alike.
Ironically, the Apple news broke on the second day of Microsoft’s annual conference, Tech.Ed. Techday reported from Tech.Ed throughout the conference, with highlights including the keynote addresses from Microsoft executive Norm Judah and ICT Minister Steven Joyce, a look at the latest gadgets from Microsoft’s partners, a presentation by some of New Zealand's most promising IT students, and TradeMe's launch of TradeMe Labs.
Right in the middle of this was the announcement of the People’s Choice NetGuide Web Awards, which were given out at a gala event in Auckland on Thursday. As many would have predicted, Facebook took out Site of the Year as well as Best Social Networking Site. Stuff nabbed Best News Site, although rival NZ Herald did claim Best Blog for Blogger Bites Back. Seek narrowly edged out TradeMe Jobs for Best Employment Site, and Best Mobile Network went to 2degrees ahead of Telecom and Vodafone.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was IRD winning Best Government Site, proving without a shadow of a doubt that voters are able to separate their feelings about the site from their feelings about the service the site provides.
The last word has to go to IRD’s representative, who, on accepting the award, thanked the audience ‘for not throwing shit’.
Have a great weekend!