For the first time, About.com's Computing Channel will be running a coordinated Reader's Choice Awards. During January 2010, you'll be able to nominate your favorite sites, services and innovations in categories ranging from the best IM client and email service to best Web design and Web browser. Then, in February, check back to see if your favorite nominees made the cut, and cast your vote. Winners will be announced March 1. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest tech networks on the Web.
The Best Browser Theme category is for any skins or themes that alter the appearance of your favorite browser. Themes which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those compatible with a specific configuration such as Google Chrome on Windows only, are acceptable.
The Best Independent Browser category is for any Web browsers not considered to be mainstream (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). Independent browsers are normally developed by smaller development companies or individual developers. They are usually not created to compete directly with the "big boys", but rather to focus on niche markets.
The Best Major Desktop Browser category is for desktop browsers that are considered to be mainstream, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Although "major Web browsers" is technically a grouping reserved for those released by well known browser makers, lesser known offerings that boast a relatively significant user base can be considered for inclusion.
The Best Mobile Browser category is for any Web browsers that are used on portable devices such as smartphones and PDAs. This includes those integrated with mobile operating systems such as Apple's Safari as well as third-party browsers, both free and paid.
The Best Overall Non-Security Add-On category is for any browser add-on, plug-in, or extension that is not related to privacy or security. Privacy and security-related add-ons have their own separate category. Add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration such as Google Chrome on Windows only, are acceptable.
The Best Privacy/Security Add-On category is for any browser add-ons, plug-ins, or extensions that are designed to protect your privacy and ensure your safety while surfing the Web. This includes add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration such as Google Chrome on Windows only.
The Best User Script category is for any browser user scripts (Greasemonkey scripts, Google Chrome user scripts, etc.) whatsoever. This includes scripts which run on multiple browsers and platforms as well as those only compatible with specific configurations.