Year in review: December 2011

Ottawa released social media guidelines for bureaucrats to encourage departments to use the Web 2.0 technologies, but at least one analyst found them dense.
Shaw Communications starts testing its Wi-Fi networks in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, a prelude to a system that will have hundreds of access points.
For years local phone competition was something northern Canadians could only dream about. Now they can stop dreaming. On Dec. 15 the CRTC ended Northwestel’s monopoly, saying the Bell subsidiary’s service has been lacking.

Some industry analysts said this is the end for RIM: It announced that the long-anticipated next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system and handsets to run it won’t be available until late 2012. Will buyers wait that long?
This was quite a year for acquisitions: Google wanting to shell out US$12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, Microsoft buying Skype. Here’s how some of the biggest deals look like in graphic form.
That chart was completed before we had the opportunity to add’s planned purchase of Toronto cloud provider Rypple ….
With the year coming to a close another fight for a publicly-traded Canadian IT company begins when Belden Inc. says it wants Ontario’s industrial network switch maker RuggedCom. 

The second anniversary of Wind Mobile’s launch saw chairman and CEO Anthony Lacavera predicting his company will swallow up an unnamed competitor next year.


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Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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