| Best Web browser
What an absolutely incredible year for the Mozilla team's light browser! This name is only circulating since February 2004 (the project, in its previous development stages, has been known as Firebird and Phoenix), and near the end of November some sources were already giving it 4% of the market alone, not including its buddies Mozilla and Camino! Many analysts are already seeing it as a threat against Microsoft Internet Explorer for the years to come. Firefox 1.0, released on November 9th, doesn't bring that much innovation compared to Mozilla or Opera (but still a lot compared to Internet Explorer), but it is like the best of all worlds: all the necessary functionalities (including tabbed browsing), small size, speed, simplicity, efficiency. The promotion team expects Firefox to officially reach 10% of the market by the end of 2005. Let's wish them that it will come true.
| Best PC game
All critics agree to proclaim Half-Life 2 best game of the year on the PC. How couldn't I?! Despite its retard, it lokos like it has worth the wait. Strong #2 for Doom 3, the game with the best graphics of the year and maybe even the best sound aspect of the year. Honorable mention also to World of Warcraft, which obtained a very good score on all PC game sites. Other much-awaited games have been less acclaimed but still appreciated; we're mainly thinking of The Sims 2 and EverQuest 2. The new comers Rome: Total War and Far Cry had much better critics than these two, though.
| Coup de coeur
(software that particularly impressed Powhertz during the last year and couldn't fit in any other category)
|The GIMP 2.0
It is nothing new, The GIMP has always been among the most impressive free software in the world. An image-manipulation software that is relatively comparable to an Adobe Photoshop, except that Photoshop costs about US$650 while GIMP costs absolutely nothing... if that is not impressive! With its version 2.0 released in March, GIMP finally opens to the Windows and Mac OS X market, on top of the already-supported Linux and UNIX platforms. Now everybody can benefit from this gift from God.