Windows Awards a roaring success

The region’s biggest selling monthly computing magazine, ITP’s ‘Windows Middle East’, held its most successful awards ceremony ever last night.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  September 22, 2005

The region’s biggest selling monthly computing magazine, ITP’s ‘Windows Middle East’, held its most successful awards ceremony ever last night. The annual event was the biggest Windows gathering to date and saw over 250 industry leaders from across the region help the Windows team celebrate the best in consumer and SMB IT. The ceremony itself was held at Dubai’s prestigious Fairmont Hotel with guests treated to an evening of sumptuous food, unmissable networking opportunities and, of course, the chance to pick up more than 30 coveted Windows awards. The night’s award categories were divided into two sections: consumer and SMB, and for the first time ever this year many of the key consumer product and brand winners were decided by the readers of Windows Middle East via an online vote. The biggest winner on the night was one of the region’s key IT powerhouses, HP Middle East, which won seven gongs. CA Middle East meanwhile won IT Company of the Year, while Samsung grabbed two prizes including Outstanding Achievement in R&D. A long list of vendors, from Toshiba and Lenovo to US Robotics, DTK and Apple, grabbed one gong apiece. The full list of Windows Awards winners runs as follows: CONSUMER AWARDS Best Graphics Card - Asus Ax850 XT Platinum / Sapphire Radeon X850XT Platinum Best Optical Drive - Samsung TS-H552 Runner up - LG GSA-4163B Best WiFi Device - US Robotics Maxg Series Runner up - Linksys SRX Series Best Storage Product - Western Digital Passport USB Drive Runner up - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB Best Motherboard - DFI Lan Party UT NF4 SLI-D / Asus P5AD2 Premium Best Monitor - BenQ FP231W Runner up - LG Flatron L1730S Best Digital Camera - Canon Digital Ixus i5 Runner up - Acer CS-5530 Best Home PC - Sky Electronics Expression 64bit 4000+ Runner up - HiCom Cactus Outstanding Achievement in R&D - Samsung Best IT Marketing Manager - Sherifa Hady, HP Middle East CONSUMER 'READER VOTED' AWARDS Best PC Game - Doom 3 Runner up - Half-Life 2 Best Scanner - HP ScanJet series Runner up - Canon CanonScan Series Best Mobile Media Product - Apple iPod Runner up - Sony Network Walkman Best Security Software - Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005 Runner up - McAfee Internet Security Suite Best 'Portable' Notebook - Sony Vaio Runner up - Toshiba Tecra Best 'Desktop Replacement' notebook - Toshiba Satellite Runner up - Dell Inspiron 9400 Best Photo Inkjet Printer - HP Photosmart series Runner up - Canon Pixma iP8500 Best Inkjet Multifunction Device - HP PSC Series Runner up - Epson Stylus Photo Series Best Customer Support - HP Runner up - Dell Best Retail Store - Carrefour Runner up - Jumbo Electronics Preferred Brand - HP Runner up - Sony SMB AWARDS Best Business Software - Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-bit Runner up - Tally 7.2 Best Business Handheld - HP iPAQ HW6500 Runner up - PalmOne Treo 650 Best Digital Projector - Epson EMP81 Runner up - Toshiba TDP-S21 Best Business PC - DTK Cuattro 7330 Runner up - Everex Explora Golden Eagle Best Business Multifunction Device - Brother MFC 8440 Runner up - HP Laserjet 4345MFP Best Colour Laser Printer - OKI C5250N Runner up - Konica Minolta 5430DL Best Mono Laser Printer - Xerox Phaser 3450/DN Runner up - OKI B4350N Best Small Business Server - Dell PowerEdge 800 Runner up - International Computer Company Vigitec SE7525 Best Business Notebook - Lenovo Thinkpad X40 Runner up - Toshiba Portégé M300 IT Company of the Year - CA Middle East.

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