The voting has closed, and less than a handful of votes separated the top two in our Best Of The Best category for the Lifehacker Awards 2010. When the virtual dust settled, however, there could only be one winner. And that winner is . . .
Best Of The Best: Dropbox
Dropbox appeared as a nominee in three of our separate award categories — desktop app, mobile app and web app — but didn't actually win any of them. In part, that reflects the difficulty in categorising it as a tool — its usefulness comes from the fact that you can use it in all those contexts and on virtually any browser-running device. Freed from category constraints, its ability to give you access to any important file from virtually any device and back up important data without needing any intervention made it the ultimate winner of our Best Of The Best award.
Almost Best Of The Best: Google Chrome
In a close-run contest, Google Chrome also deserves acknowledgement. Clearly Google's foray into the browser market has struck a chord with Lifehacker readers, and the recent emergence of Chrome OS and the promise of future improvements suggests 2011 will be even more interesting.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote during the awards. It's been a blast!