PowerMapper Software - roundup of 2010
Here's a month-by-month review of the important events of 2010 for our company and customers:
- Jan - PowerMapper 5.0 Released
PowerMapper 5.0 was released to support and maintenance customers. New features included: new map styles; analytics data import; data visualization; map notes.
- Feb - Management Buyout
PowerMapper Software completed the acquisition of Electrum’s PowerMapper and SortSite product business as part of a management buyout (MBO).
- Mar - Draft of new Section 508 accessibility standards
The US Federal Access Board released a draft refresh of the Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines
- Apr - Customer base expands to 30% of Fortune 100
Sales figures revealed that PowerMapper and SortSite were used by more than 30% of the Fortune 100.
- May - SortSite 4.0 released
New features in the release included: English and French spell checking; accessibility and link checking inside PDF documents; link checking inside Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
- Jun - IE6 usage fell below 5% in US and Europe
Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) usage fell below 5% for the first time. First released in 2001, and bundled with Windows XP, this version has plagued web developers with browser compatibility issues for a decade.
- Jul - Partnership with Shaw Trust announced
Shaw Trust (a UK charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people) started using SortSite as part of their web accessibility services.
- Aug - New Headquarters
We moved to new headquarters in the center of Edinburgh, providing lots of options for expansion and a linchpin for our growing global operations.
- Sep - Google Instant released
Google released Google Instant, which provides real-time search results as you type.
- Oct - Transition of Yahoo organic search and PPC to Bing
The transition of Yahoo's search results to Bing, concluded with the transfer of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising to Microsoft's Adcenter platform.
- Nov - Donna Jodhan wins accessibility case against Canadian government
Justice Kelen ruled that Canada’s federal government must deliver key websites in a usable format for blind and partially-sighted Canadians. The court gave the Canadian government 15 months to make government websites comply with WCAG 2.0.
- Dec - BSI publishes BS 8878 web accessibility standard
BS 8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice was published by the British Standards Institute (BSI) to address the growing challenge of digital inclusion. It's useful to anyone new to accessibility as it gives guidance on process, rather than on technical issues.