Top 10 Community Blogger posts of 2013

At the end of February we had an exciting relaunch of with new site technology and a new approach to content along with it.

Our new website was everything you’d expect from a modern setup – responsive design to fit on any device, flexible publishing technology, multimedia rich with fast loading times. So it made sense to me that as our technology became more accessible and flexible, our approach to content should become more open and inclusive. That’s why I launched the Community Bloggers program and invited some of the people that have helped formulate its coverage of how technology impacts line of business workers and SMBs in Canada. It’s turned out to be a great success as we’ve received contributions from a number of individuals whom I hold in high esteem. I’m thrilled to have their perspectives represented not just on our sites, but in our e-mail newsletters and social channels.

Our Community Bloggers program remains open to those who are interested in contributing their expertise and becoming part of our network. If you think you have something to say about using technology to be productive, we want to hear from you – whether its the nitty gritty details of implementing an IT project that will transform a business department, a unique perspective that gives insight into a particular niche category or topic, or just awesome stories you want to tell about the community, we have a spot for you here contact me on Twitter and we’ll discuss further.

Francis Moran traveled to Los Angeles to cover the Adobe Max conference and deliver the news that the Creative Suite software package was becoming the Creative Cloud web service.

As businesses started to turn their attention to Canada’s Anti-Spam Law as the sense that its implementation was imminent, our bloggers took to work to inform them about the new regulations. Monica Goyal analyzed the legal ramifications of CASL, and Robert Burko delivered a point-by-point guide to email marketers on how to prepare.

Brian Bourne used his experience as a Microsoft partner to examine the security concerns around Windows Live ID becoming the single-sign on access to everything Microsoft related.

The next two blog posts took a unique look at disruptive technology that emerged this year. Karim Kanji visited a Toronto-based 3D print shop and a CEO that assures us “Whether it’s printing moon bases, human organs, cars, dresses, or hamburgers, there is a team of researchers working on it somewhere.” Ashley Huffman stayed at home to write her post about the lack of options to buy digital video files in Canada and wonders if there could be a business opportunity there.

Coming in at ranks four and three are two blog posts that involve change at Microsoft. First, Annie Harrington looks at Microsoft’s logo redesign along with some other older tech firm logos that are no more. Then Lou Milrad reflects on Microsoft’s entry into the hardware market, saying he’s given up his Mac for the Surface Pro tablet.

BlackBerry surprised many when it announced that long-protected IM app BlackBerry Messenger would be coming to iOS and Android. Karim Kanji, appearing for the second time in our top 10, broke the news about BBM Channels – which BlackBerry started rolling out just at the end of November.

Blogger Eric Floresca takes top spot as a trip to New York gave him first peek at a line of new hardware from HP, all based around the Windows 8 OS.

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Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

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