Computer History - 1999

Year Event
1999 Hewlett Packard founds APOLLO on January 6, 1999, a subsidiary of HP with the intentions of selling sub-$100 printers.
1999 RIM releases the Blackberry January 19, 1999.
1999 @Home buys Excite for $6.7 billion USD January 19, 1999.
1999 The TiVo is introduced at the Consumer electronics show in January 1999.
1999 Yahoo! buys GeoCities for $3.65 billion USD January 28, 1999.
1999 Adobe Photoshop 5.5 is released in February of 1999.
1999 The Victoria's Secret fashion show becomes the first major webcast on the Internet attracting over 1.5 million visitors on February 5, 1999. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to view the webcast because of the popularity.
1999 Gedit is released on February 12, 1999.
1999 Robert Lansdown passes away February 17, 1999 (Age:70)
1999 The Intel Pentium III 500 MHz is released on February 26, 1999.
1999 IEEE introduced 802.11b.
1999 Microsoft releases Windows CE 3.0.
1999 RDF Site Summary, the first version of RSS is created by Ramanathan Guha at Netscape in March of 1999.
1999 RDRAM becomes available for computers.
1999 Calcomp Graphics is founded.
1999 The popular massively multiplayer role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuest is released March 16, 1999.
1999 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 5.0 in March 18, 1999.
1999 The first Wiki is introduces with WikiWikiWeb on March 25, 1999.
1999 The Melissa virus begins infecting computers March 26, 1999 and quickly spreads around the globe over e-mail in hours and becomes one of the fastest spreading viruses in history.
1999 The popular sci-fi movie Matrix is released March 31, 1999.
1999 RSAC becomes part of ICRA.
1999 The Mining Company is renamed to About.com.
1999 EVGA is founded.
1999 Yahoo purchases Broadcast.com for $5.7 billion April 1, 1999.
1999 AMD releases the Slot A processor and slot.
1999 Microsoft acquires Access software April 19, 1999.
1999 Paul DeMaine passes away May 13, 1999 (Age: 74)
1999 VMware released it's first software program, called VMware Workstation in May 1999.
1999 The Intel Pentium III 550 MHz is released on May 17, 1999.
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released May 19, 1999.
1999 The Common Unix Printing System is released in June of 1999.
1999 National Semiconductor announced it will exit the PC processor market. June 30, 1999 - VIA Technologies announces it will acquire Cyrix from National Semiconductor.
1999 IBM acquires Sequent Computer Systems in July 1999.
1999 Apple introduces the Apple Airport and iBook on July 21, 1999.
1999 Microsoft introduces WMV with WMV 7.
1999 SMIL is first proposed.
1999 IBM introduces the first Microdrive, the world's physically smallest hard drive capable of storing 170MB.
1999 The Intel Pentium III 600 MHz is released on August 2, 1999.
1999 Sony and Philips Electronics introduce SACD.
1999 Disney Interactive Media Group is founded.
1999 AMD introduces the AMD Athlon processors and Socket 462 socket August 9, 1999.
1999 Pyra Labs launches the Internet service Blogger August 23, 1999.
1999 William Stevens passes away September 1, 1999 (Age: 48)
1999 The Intel Pentium III 533B and 600B MHz is released on September 27, 1999.
1999 Aims Labs goes out of business.
1999 Amazon agrees to buy Accept.com, Alexa (Alexa.com), and Exchange.com.
1999 AOL purchases Nullsoft Jun 1, 1999.
1999 GNU Privacy Guard was released September 7, 1999.
1999 NVIDIA introduces the GPU.
1999 802.11i is introduced with WPA encryption.
1999 The Melissa e-mail virus begins spreading over the Internet causing an estimated $80 million in damage.
1999 Sun Microsystems acquires StarDivision, the developers behind the StarOffice suite of software.
1999 Total Entertainment Network renamed to Pogo.com.
1999 David Huffman passes away October 7, 1999.
1999 SiPix is founded.
1999 Nicholas Metropolis passes away October 17, 1999 (Age: 84)
1999 The Intel Pentium III Coppermine series is first introduced on October 25, 1999.
1999 The D programming language starts development.
1999 Thermaltake is founded.
1999 On December 1, 1999 the most expensive Internet domain name business.com was sold by Marc Ostrofsky for $7.5 Million The domain was later sold on July 26, 2007 again to R.H. Donnelley for $345 Million USD.
1999 Zhone Technologies is founded.
1999 RIAA sues Napster December 7, 1999.
1999 Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com is named Time Person of the Year December 27, 1999.
1999 TIME magazine includes Philo Farnsworth in "The TIME 100: The Most Important People of the Century".

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