Top 10 IT photo stories of the year

News events, technological milestones and gadget launches are just a few of the things that merited photo stories in 2011. Our top 10 photo stories of the year range from informative to nostalgic and even amusing.

1. The Steve Jobs story

Shortly after stepping down as Apple CEO, Steve Jobs sadly passed away. Jobs was the genius behind the products that have made Apple the world's most valuable computer company.

The much rumoured iPhone 5 is reportedly the last device that Jobs worked on, but this photo story looks back on the highlights of Jobs’ life and career.

2. In 1966 England won the World Cup and ComputerWeekly launched the world's first weekly IT newspaper

After 45 years in print, Computer Weekly, the award-winning title for senior IT decision-makers, became a 100% online publication. This photo story is a celebration, looking back over 45 years in print. has since undergone some changes, with a complete site makeover taking place over the past couple of months.

3. 20 years of websites – The defining moments of the web

Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website on 6 August 1991 – so we looked back on some of the key milestones from the past 20 years.

We outlined a number of events that have since helped turn the web into such a ubiquitous part of everyday life. Thankfully, the new .XXX domain names didn’t make the list.

4. Windows 8: A first look at new features for business users

A first look at Windows 8 from Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim shows what enterprise users can expect.

It’s a more colourful and intuitive experience that is careful not to stray too far from what Windows users have become accustomed to.

5. The ten safest places to offshore your IT

Deciding whether or not to offshore your IT? Well, outlined the ten safest cities to offshore your IT in for 2011.

Many of these cities offer more than just beautiful views, and this photo story revealed exactly what the benefits are.

6. Top 10 world events that became Twitter milestones

Founded by Jack Dorsey in 2006, Twitter has gone on to accumulate over 200 million users worldwide, and we highlighted 10 events that, for various reasons, became significant milestones in the microblogging service's history.

Twitter, which has just undergone a makeover, is fast becoming the first news source of choice for many users and its domination will undoubtedly continue through 2012.

7. From launch to loser – The 14 fastest-failing tech products

Various gadgets were flying off the shelves throughout 2011, but many of us often forget about the short-lived gadget failures that end up being pulled or discontinued.

Here, looked at 14 products that vanished, almost without a trace.

8. The best iPad 2 alternatives – Tablets you should know about

Did you get tired of hearing about why you should buy the iPad 2 in 2011?

This photo story aimed to remind you that there is choice out there and that there are other, non-Apple, products that can offer the same level of functionality. Take a look at our top ten alternatives.

9. Sony S and P tablets unveiled. Ready to battle the iPad

Although they may be similar in terms of specification, the S and P look completely different, not just to each other, but almost every other tablet out there as well.

They are both individually distinctive, stylish and attractive, but the big challenge they still had to face was, could they rival the iPad?

10. The iPad 2 - Ten things that make it so special

The release of the iPad 2 took the world by storm, so much so that speculation over the iPad 3 began pretty much the day after its release. took a look at 10 features of the iPad 2 that made it stand out from the crowd.  

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