Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

News 23 Dec, 2012

IT Pro would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you're hungry for tech content during the festive period, fear not as we have plenty on the menu between now and January.

Another near is nearly done for both the UK tech industry and the IT Pro team. And, while the IT Pro offices are now shut until 2nd January, we've got plenty of content going up.

Take a look below for a run-down of what you can expect and when. Please note, some of the links won't be active until the date states. But be sure to check back on those dates so you don't miss out.

I hope the trend towards developing greener datacentres continues as cloud uptake increases. Microsoft and Apple have made a start with their bio gas/solar datacentres, but pet projects are not the same as full commitment, which is what we need.

Before we head off on our Christmas break, the IT Pro team wanted to share our favourite tech memories of 2012 and our tech hopes for 2013.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our readers. See you in 2013.

Favourite tech memories of 2012

"The arrival of 4G. At least in part, anyway. And who hasn't chuckled at Kevin Bacon's EE adverts on the telly?"

Maggie Holland, editor

"The arrival of Windows 8 divided opinion like no other new product this year, with some applauding Microsoft for its bold re-imagining of its flagship operating system, while others scratched their heads in bemusement at what the software giant tried to do.

"Personally, (and after spending some time playing with Windows 8) I found myself siding more with the former group, despite spending most of 2012 reporting on what the latter had to say.

"It would have been easy for Microsoft to play it safe with the new operating system, by simply rolling out a slightly tweaked version of Windows 7 with a few more bells and whistles. But it didn’t. It took a risk. And that’s why it’s my favourite tech of 2012."

Caroline Donnelly, news editor

"It has to be the launch of Android tablets for me, specifically the Nexus 7."

Khidr Suleman, technical editor

"For me, it has to be the launch of the Raspberry Pi. It has provided a cheap and simple way to get kids acquainted with and interested in coding – a skill we are sorely lacking in this country – and has revolutionised the way IT is thought of and used in the classroom."

Jane McCallion, staff writer

2013 tech hopes

"Now that Gary McKinnon has been spared, I'm keen to see what will happen next and whether the business or tech worlds will try to utilise his obvious expertise."

Maggie Holland, editor

"Nokia and BlackBerry have done a good job of keeping the IT press well stocked in recent years with negative stories, as their devices have fallen out of favour with Apple and Samsung-loving consumers.

"However, with the BlackBerry 10 on the horizon and Nokia’s latest raft of Windows 8 devices garnering decent reviews, I’d like to see the pair of them turn things around and enjoy a good 2013.

"After all, the smartphone market is already in danger of becoming a two-horse race and, if BlackBerry and Nokia can return to full health next year, it will certainly be an interesting space to keep tabs on."

Caroline Donnelly, news editor

"I'm really looking forward to the Raspberry Pi app store and future innovations from the company."

Khidr Suleman, technical editor

"I hope the trend towards developing greener datacentres continues as cloud uptake increases. Microsoft and Apple have made a start with their bio gas/solar datacentres, but pet projects are not the same as full commitment, which is what we need."

Jane McCallion, staff writer

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