Computers have always prospered because of people who sought after ways to fulfill the needs of users. When I look back at where applications and services were just a few years ago I have a hard time believing how far we’ve actually come.
We decided to create two different awards, one for the Most Innovative Services and another for the Most Innovative Products. This article covers the services, and tomorrow we’ll be taking a look at the products.
The 2007 CyberNet Award for Most Innovative Service goes to…
–3rd Place: Netvibes—
Netvibes continues to impress me with all of the work that they are doing, and what’s to come. It’s essentially the ultimate homepage because it has widgets to do just about anything. You can check your mail, write notes, manage a to-do list, chat with friends, search the web, and much much more.
What’s even better is the number of service-specific widgets they have available. They’ve created widgets for Alexa, Del.icio.us, Digg, eBay, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, Twitter, and more. When you put all of this together you get a homepage that is unlike any other.
–2nd Place: Yahoo! Mail—
The new Yahoo! Mail definitely deserves a place on the list this year. They’ve introduced several features that are yet to be seen in other email services, such as a tabbed interface, integrated RSS reader, and “unlimited” storage space.
To add even more power to Yahoo! Mail the developers decided to integrate calendar and messaging capabilities right into the service. It would be even more amazing if Yahoo! would offer forwarding and POP/IMAP access for free.
–1st Place: Opera Link—
Opera has earned 1st place in this category for their newly launched Opera Link service. At first glance it may appear to be just a bookmark synchronization service, but it is so much more.
Once you setup Opera Link it will begin synchronizing your bookmarks, in addition to some other optional information. From there you will be able to access your bookmarks from any Opera desktop browser, and even from Opera Mini on your mobile device. Having all of the bookmarks from your desktop computer available on your mobile device is priceless, and can save incredible amounts of time.
If that’s not enough Opera Link also allows remote bookmark management through the link.opera.com website. This will work in any browser on any computer that has an Internet connection, thereby ensuring that you’re always connected to your favorite sites.
In the future I would expect that Opera will roll out Opera Link integration for their Opera Mobile and Opera Wii browsers, which will take the service to an entirely new level.
–And Your Winners–
Now it is time for you to chime in! Let us know in the comments who earned your “Most Innovative Service” award.