Computer history - 1997
Major computer events in 1997
Other computer events in 1997
HTTP/1.1 was specified in RFC 2616 and officially released in January 1997.
Mosaic development and support officially discontinued on January 7, 1997.
The PNG standard was introduced on January 10, 1997.
The world learns of Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal on February 22, 1997.
A cult known as the Heaven's Gate that earns its money from designing websites commits a mass suicide on March 27, 1997.
Sierra Semiconductor announced a name change for the corporation PMC-Sierra, Inc. on June 9, 1997. The trading symbol for the company that is publicly traded on NASDAQ National Market also changed from "SERA" to "PMCS."
The Mars Pathfinder successfully landed on Mars on July 4, 1997. The NASA Pathfinder website showing real-time images sent from the Pathfinder on Mars receives more than 100 million hits during its first four days. In response to the popularity, NASA sets up 25 mirror pages to handle the traffic. The site sets a new popularity record.
The client-side scripting language ECMAScript was released.
The first paywall was introduced by the Wall Street Journal.
The CD burning software Nero was first released.
Unwired Planet develops HDML.
Connectix introduced Virtual PC in 1997.
Quantum Teleportation was first successfully achieved, bringing quantum computing closer to reality.
The Slashdot website launched in 1997.
The first black hat conference was held in 1997.
Internet2 consortium was established in 1997.
Several computer manufacturers introduce sub 1,000 computers, computers that cost less than $1,000.00.
AOL faces several lawsuits from subscribers who are upset about the difficulties encountered when attempting to connect to its services.
The dancing baby becomes one of the Internet's first fads. The dancing baby is a short 3D animation of a small baby wearing diapers dancing. It was first created by Michael Girard and later tweaked by Ron Lussier at LucasArts, who released it on a CompuServe forum as chacha.avi.
Altavista introduced its free online translator Babel Fish in 1997.
Digital Video Discs aka DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs) first go on sale in 1997.
Bill Gates became the worlds richest businessman in 1997.
Fortran 95 was introduced in 1997.
The term ICT is popularized.
The TRUSTe organization was founded in 1997.
The Li-ion battery is first used for commercial uses.
New computer products and services introduced in 1997
The first revision of the ATX standard (version 2.01) was released in February 1997.
AMD releases their K6 processor line in April 1997, with speeds of 166 MHz to 300 MHz and a 66 MHz bus speed.
Winamp was released on April 21, 1997.
Intel Pentium II was introduced on May 7, 1997.
Perl 5.004 was released on May 15, 1997.
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.0 in September 1997.
FruityLoops was released on December 18, 1997. The program would later become FL Studio.
Microsoft released Excel 97 in 1997.
Apple introduced the first Power Macintosh G3 desktop in November 1997.
The video game Constructor was released.
Apple releases macOS 8.
Caldera Linux was introduced in 1997.
CD-RW drives and media are introduced.
OpenLinux was released by Caldera Systems (now known as the SCO Group) in 1997.
HyperCam was released in 1997 by Hyperionics and Solveig.
The Symbian mobile operating system was released by Nokia.
Microsoft Word 97 was released in 1997.
Carsten Haitzler releases Enlightenment.
The 98 update was applied to the Haskell programming language.
Internet domains that came online in 1997
The domain facebook.com came online on March 28, 1997.
The domain craigslist.com came online on September 24, 1997.
The domain netflix.com came online on November 10, 1997.
Computer companies founded in 1997
Kibble changes its name to Netflix and was established on August 29, 1997.
ABBYY was founded in 1997.
AmbiCom Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1997.
Belarc was founded in 1997.
Billionton Systems was founded in 1997.
Chassis Plans was founded in 1997.
Cyrix was established in 1997.
Dot Hill Systems was founded in 1997.
Dynapower USA was founded in 1997.
E ink was established in 1997.
GoDaddy was founded in 1997.
HTC was founded in 1997.
Kaspersky was founded in 1997.
Leoptics was founded in 1997.
Ligos was founded in 1997.
Netflix was established in 1997.
PowerColor was founded in 1997.
Velocity Micro was founded in 1997.
Webroot Software was founded in 1997.
Yandex was founded in 1997.
Zebronics was founded in 1997 by Rajesh Doshi.
Computer company events in 1997
Phoenix acquired NJK (Nihon Joho Kenkyujo) on January 2, 1997.
Microsoft invests $150 million in Apple Computers Inc. August 6, 1997, and agrees to continue creating software for Apple computers, in agreement Apple makes Microsoft Internet Explorer its browser of choice for Macintosh computers.
Micropolis went out of business on December 10, 1997.
3Com buys U.S. Robotics for $6.6 billion making the consolidation the largest in the history of computer companies.
Banksia and NetComm merged in late 1997.
EIA is changed from Electronic Industries Association to Electronic Industries Alliance.
Post-Newsweek Cable was renamed to Cable One in 1997. Today, the company is known as Sparklight.
Zoran acquired ComCore Multimedia in 1997.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1997
Jean Hoerni passed away on January 12, 1997 (Age: 73).
Mina Rees passed away on October 25, 1997 (Age: 92).
Cyril Cleverdon passed away on December 4, 1997 (Age: 83).
John Pinkerton passed away on December 22, 1997 (Age: 78).