And the winners are...

The votes have been tallied and the results of the Windows Awards 2007 are in.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  September 13, 2007

This year the Windows Awards 2007 - which took place during GITEX Technology Week - featured 22 distinct categories and eight of these were decided by you, our faithful readers. So which firms and kit won your vote of confidence?

Let's start with the world of gaming first. Our coveted title of Game of the Year went to - wait for it - World of Warcraft. Now considering the game boasts a whopping three million subscribers globally and is a favourite with many gamers in the region, I wasn't surprised it walked away victorious.

Next up, our Top Technology Retailer award went to a newcomer to the region - Sharaf DG, beating major contenders such as Jumbo Electronic and French giant Carrefour, which won last year.

The next big reader voted award was Handheld of the Year. When we checked the votes a few days before the August 25 voting deadline, Nokia's popular N90 was in the lead, however when the voting closed, the BlackBerry Pearl won the race. Meanwhile, ISP of the Year category, which let readers vote for any ISP in the region, went to UAE telecoms firm Etisalat.

My favourite category and a new one to join Windows Awards is Windows' blog to beat. Here we let you choose any blog from the ‘blogsphere' and site with the most votes was Secret Dubai, well-known for its brutally honest take on life in the UAE.

Now the customer support award, another big award, went to regional heavyweight HP, while another favourite Dell was runner-up.

Moving on to another spanking new Windows Awards 2007 category; Innovation of the Year. So was it Xerox's invisible paper, DirectX 10 technology or Intel's quad core technology? Well, if you guessed number three than you are right on the ball. Intel's latest quad core technology won a whopping 70% of the votes and I couldn't agree more.

The final reader voted award, Console of the Year was another big surprise, with Sony's PlayStation 3 beating Microsoft's Xbox 360.

So that's all for the reader voted section of the awards but who walked away with the rest of the 14 awards, which were chosen by our experienced tech team? Here they are:

Best display of 2007
Dell 3007WFP-HC

Best Graphics card of 2007
XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra XXX Edition

Best mobile media device
Apple iPod Shuffle

Best performance laptop
Asus G1S

Best small business server
HP Proliant ML115

Best value laptop
Gigabyte GN5W-DGA

Killer component award
Corsair Twin2x2048-8888C4F

Sharp shooter award
Canon EOS400D SLR camera

Storage product of 2007
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000

Top business printer
Lexmark X9350

Top consumer printer
Epson Stylus Photo R390

Top motherboard of 2007
Asus Blitz Formula

Top technology newcomer

Editor's Choice - Product of the year 2007
Intel Core 2 Extreme (quad-core)

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