The year kicked off with some major acquisition news, when Oracle was finally successful in its bid to acquire middleware vendor BEA, while Sun Microsystems swooped in for open-source database provider MySQL. Other big news in January was the launch of Apple's thin-and-light Macbook Air.
Sony Ericsson unveiled its first Windows Mobile handset, the Xperia X1, at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. Elsewhere at the show, we got our first peek at prototype phones based on Google's Android open-source mobile platform.
Microsoft started the month with the launch of Windows Server 2008, but developers excited by the prospect of getting their teeth into the accompanying Hyper-V release and SQL Server update were disappointed as they faced a six-month wait for both products until the third quarter.
Microsoft also released Vista Service Pack 1 to general availability, hoping to boost interest in its latest Windows operating system. However, the software giant was to face disappointment as 2008 has still not seen the hoped-for uptake of Vista.
March finished with the disastrous opening of Heathrow Terminal 5, which saw passengers stranded or facing long delays, and hundreds of suitcases disappearing into a black hole due to system failures.
Some good news for Microsoft in April, as its Office Open XML document format finally gained approval as an ISO standard. The firm also unveiled a push into the web-based world with the launch of Live Mesh, a platform designed to let users synchronise data across multiple devices.
HP unleashed its first netbook, the Mini-Note, which has since been followed by the launch of mini laptops from just about every PC maker.
Microsoft made Service Pack 3 for Windows XP available to download in the same month that it pushed out Vista SP1 as an automatic update, a move that many industry observers saw as putting another nail in the Vista coffin by giving firms more reason to stick with XP.
Asus and Acer both added to their laptop offerings with the launch of new netbooks, while chip maker AMD unveiled its Turion Ultra mobile platform. IBM announced that it was building the world's fastest supercomputer capable of one petaflop performance, and internet managing body Icann gave the green light to customised top-level domains, paving the way for a whole lot of future hassle for firms trying to protect their brands online.
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