Computer history - 1995

Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1995

.com domain suffix

The dot-com boom starts.

Netscape introduced SSL in February 1995.

On December 4, 1995, Sun Microsystems announced JavaScript and released it in Netscape 2.0B3. In the same year, they also introduced Java.

PHP was publicly released on June 8, 1995.

On July 14, 1995, Karlheinz Brandenburg sent an e-mail announcing the .mp3 file extension had won a poll and announced that the old .bit file extension should no longer be used.

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach is published, written by Peter Norvig and Stuart Russell. In the ensuing decades, it becomes the authoritative textbook on the subject.

Other computer events in 1995

Apple allows other computer companies to clone its computer by announcing its licensed the Macintosh operating system rights to Radius on January 4, 1995.

Computer hacker Kevin Mitnick was arrested by the FBI on February 15, 1995.

Original website

One of the largest and well-known e-commerce sites today opens its website for the first time. was officially opened on July 15, 1995.

On September 20, 1995, AT&T split into three separate publicly traded companies: a systems and equipment company, a computer company, and a communications services company.

On October 16, 1995 the first recorded use of the term spyware was used in a Usenet post poking fun of Windows 95 source code.

The first computer network wiretap was authorized on October 23, 1995, and leads later to the arrest of Julio Cesar Ardita.

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 2.0 on November 22, 1995, and officially started the browser war between Netscape.

HTML 2.0 standard was first published in RFC 1866 November 24, 1995.

IBM unveiled Deep Blue on December 5, 1995, a parallel computing system that would later play the World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov.

Internet search engine AltaVista launched on December 15, 1995.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin developing a search engine called BackRub with PageRank, an important technology that becomes an important part of Google.

The first VoIP software (Vocaltec) is released allowing end users to make voice calls over the Internet.

The first E3 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1995.

Livescript was renamed to JavaScript in 1995.

The Data Protection Directive was adopted by the European Union.

The Curry programming language was introduced by Michael Hanus, Herbert Kuchen, and Juan Jose Moreno-Navarro.

The IFComp (Interactive Fiction Competition) open competition of interactive fiction stories organized by Stephen Granade started in 1995.

John Warnock and Allan Padgett at Adobe create the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface.

NSF removes the NSFNET from the Internet in 1995 but continued as a separate network for further research and development.

Vermeer Technologies Incorporated introduces the WYSIWYG HTML editor FrontPage, which would later be purchased by Microsoft and released as part of its Office suite.

New computer products and services introduced in 1995

Microsoft Bob home screen

Code-named Utopia, Microsoft Bob was introduced to the public on January 5, 1995, at the CES by Bill Gates.

Perl 5.001 was released on March 13, 1995.

The Opera browser version 1 was released on April 1, 1995.

Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 was released on May 30, 1995.

Intel released a new motherboard form factor called ATX in July 1995.

Microsoft released Visual Basic 4.0 in August 1995.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 1.0 on August 16, 1995.

Microsoft released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, and sold more than 1 million copies within four days.

Command & Conquer was released by Westwood Studios on August 31, 1995, and was one of the earliest real-time strategy games. It is released for multiple platforms, including the PC, Mac, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Sega Saturn. Its popularity and success is considered to be the reason for the popularity of the real-time strategy game genre in general. The Command & Conquer series was awarded with six world records in the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008, including "Biggest Selling RTS Series".

The Need for Speed was first released for the PC on August 31, 1995.

The BCP (Best Current Practices) was first described in RFC 1818 in August 1995.

Hewlett-Packard released the HP 4020i in September, which was the first sub $1,000.00 CD-R (recordable disc drive).

Microsoft released DirectX 1.0 (4.02.0095) on September 30, 1995.

CPAN was introduced on October 26, 1995.

Intel introduced the Intel Pentium Pro processor in November 1995.

Classmates was released on November 17, 1995.

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 2.0 on November 22, 1995, and officially started the browser war with Netscape.

GIMP was first released on November 22, 1995.

Alicebot was created by Richard Wallace on November 23, 1995.

Microsoft released Excel 95 in 1995.

Microsoft released Word 95 in 1995.

Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema released SATAN programming language.

The first Wiki was created in 1995.

vCard was introduced by versit in 1995.

Cygnus Solutions released Cygwin in 1995.

Computer scientist Matthias Felleisen creates the Racket programming language.

IBM ThinkPad butterfly keyboard

IBM introduced the butterfly keyboard with the IBM 701 laptop in 1995.

Intel introduced PAE with the Intel Pentium Pro and the SMBus.

Many of the first online shopping websites utilized Intershop Online, an online shopping software system, developed in 1995 by Intershop Communications AG.

The Iomega Jaz drive was introduced in 1995.

Blizzard released WarCraft II a squeal to the popular WarCraft game in 1995.

DSVD was released in 1995.

CD-E was introduced to the general public in 1995. came online in 1995.

The free and open-source e-mail client Mutt was released in 1995.

NumPy (originally known as numeric) was introduced in 1995.

De Raadt parted ways with NetBSD in 1995, forking the NetBSD 1.0 code and continuing its development under the name OpenBSD.

PCI 2.1 was introduced in 1995.

Ruby was released in 1995.

S-HTTP was introduced in 1995.

EDO memory was introduced in 1995.

Apple developed FireWire in 1995.

The first SSD (solid-state drive) as we know them today was developed by SanDisk Corporation in 1991, with a storage capacity of 20 MB. However, this was not a flash-based SSD, which were introduced later in 1995 by M-Systems.

The first flash-based SSD hard drive was introduced by M-Systems in 1995.

UDF (Universal Disk Format) is introduced by OSTA (Optical Storage Technology Association).

The final major release of Ultrix (version 4.5) was released in 1995.

Internet domains that came online in 1995 domain was registered on January 18, 1995.

The domain came online on August 4, 1995.

Computer companies founded in 1995

EPoX was founded in February 1995.

eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar on September 3, 1995.

Asix was founded in 1995.

Audible was founded in 1995.

AboCom was founded in 1995.

Martins Saulespurens and Skipper Wise founded Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics (Blue) in 1995.

Centaur Technology was founded in 1995.

Craig Newmark started Craigslist in 1995.

ESIO Audio was founded in 1995 by Chess Lim.

Global Village was founded in 1995.

Harmony Technology Services was founded in 1995.

HighPoint Technologies was founded in 1995.

Hotmail was started in 1995 by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia.

IDrive was founded in 1995.

Colorful was founded in 1995.

MARGI was founded in 1995.

Marvell Semiconductor was founded in 1995.

Matsonic was founded in 1995.

Ahead Software was founded in 1995 by Richard Lesser. Today, the company is known as Nero.

The Norway's telecom company branched out the independent development company named Opera Software ASA in 1995.

Real was founded in 1995.

SegaSoft was founded in 1995.

Silicon Image was founded in 1995.

Transmeta was founded in 1995.

Tundra was founded in 1995.

Verisign was founded in 1995.

WebTV Networks was founded in 1995.

Computer company events in 1995

Yahoo! was incorporated on March 1, 1995.

Realtek developed and announced the first surround sound chip the ALS100 in October 1995.

Paradise was acquired from Western Digital on October 31, 1995. Western Digital has discontinued technical support and sales support on these products as of January 1, 1996.

O'Reilly Media sells the Global Network Navigator ("GNN") to AOL.

U.S. Robotics purchases Palm and begins the PalmPilot product line.

Lotus became a part of IBM in 1995.

Netscape goes public at $28.00 a share and by the closing ends at $58.00 a share.

Microsoft and General Electrics NBC television network form a partnership.

SCO acquired Unix System source technology business from Novell Corporation. SCO also acquired UnixWare 2 operating system from Novell.

The Learning Company was acquired by Softkey for $606 million in 1995.

Turtle Beach Systems merged with Voyetra in 1995 to form Voyetra Turtle Beach Inc.

Computer-related movies released in 1995

The movie 'The Net' with Sandra Bullock was released on July 28, 1995.

The movie Hackers was released on September 15, 1995.

The Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995, becoming the first movie that was completely computer generated.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1995

Konrad Zuse

Allen Coombs passed away on January 30, 1995 (Age: 84).

George Stibitz passed away on January 31, 1995 (Age: 91).

John Adam Presper "Pres" Eckert, Jr. passed away on June 3, 1995 (Age: 76).

John Vincent Atanasoff passed away on June 15, 1995 (Age: 91).

Alonzo Church passed away on August 11, 1995 (Age: 92).

Gerard Salton passed away on August 28, 1995 (Age: 68).

Konrad Zuse passed away on December 18, 1995 (Age: 85).

Arnold I. Dumey passed away in 1995.

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