As CIO.com’s New England office slowly empties out for the holidays—and we batten down the hatches in preparation for an impending nor’easter—I wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a safe and merry holiday season.
I could fill pages and pages with reasons why the year was so significant, but here are few of the most notable happenings:
A record high 39.9 million smartphones were shipped globally in the July 2008 through September 2008 period, up 28 percent over the same time last year, according to Canalys. Smartphones now represent 13 percent of the total mobile handset market, up from 11 percent in the second quarter of the year, the research firm says.
To say that 2008 was one hell of a ride would be an understatement. I feel lucky to have been a part of it—and to have been able to share my thoughts and observations with so many intelligent and passionate readers.
Finally, I just want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for spending a few minutes a day/week/month/whatever with me and the Mobile WorkHorse. Your loyal readership is genuinely appreciated, and I promise to continue covering the BlackBerry/smartphone space in 2009 with more intensity and zeal than ever before.
Happy Holidays, folks.
(Note: This is the first and last time that an exclamation point has been or will be used in the headline of a Mobile WorkHorse blog post. You have my word on that.)
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.