Computer History - 1997
Major computer events in 1997
Other computer events in 1997
HTTP/1.1 is specified in RFC 2616 and officially released in January 1997.
Mosaic development and support officially discontinued on January 7, 1997.
The PNG standard is introduced on January 10, 1997.
The world learns of Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal 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.
The Mars Pathfinder successfully lands on Mars 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 google.com domain name is registered after Sergey Brin and Larry Page decide to change the name of their BackRub search engine to Google September 15, 1997.
The client-side scripting language ECMAScript is released.
Unwired Planet develops HDML.
Connectix introduces Virtual PC.
Quantum Teleportation is first successfully achieved, bringing quantum computing closer to reality.
The Slashdot website launches.
Internet2 consortium is established.
Several computer manufactures 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 Internets 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 introduces its free online translator Babel Fish.
Digital Video Discs aka Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) first go on sale.
Bill Gates is now the worlds richest businessman.
The TRUSTe organization is founded.
The Li-Ion battery begins being used for commercial uses.
New computer products and services introduced in 1997
AMD releases their K6 processor line in April of 1997, with speeds of 166 MHz to 300 MHz and a 66 MHz bus speed.
Winamp is released April 21, 1997.
Intel Pentium II is introduced on May 7, 1997.
Perl 5.004 is released May 15, 1997.
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4.0 in September of 1997.
Riven, the sequel to Myst is released in October 1997.
Apple introduces the first Power Macintosh G3 desktop in November 1997.
The video game Constructor is released.
Apple releases macOS 8.
CD-RW drives and media are introduced.
The Symbian mobile operating system is released by Nokia.
Carsten Haitzler releases Enlightenment.
The 98 update is applied to the Haskell programming language.
Internet domains that came online in 1997
The domain facebook.com comes online March 28, 1997.
The domain craigslist.com comes online September 24, 1997.
The domain netflix.com comes online November 10, 1997.
Computer companies founded in 1997
ABBYY is founded.
AmbiCom Holdings, Inc. is founded.
Belarc is founded.
Cyrix is established.
E ink is established.
Go Daddy is founded.
HTC is founded.
Kaspersky is founded.
Leoptics is founded.
Ligos is founded.
Netflix is established.
PowerColor is founded.
Velocity Micro is founded.
Webroot Software is founded.
Computer company events in 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.
3Com buys U.S. Robotics for $6.6 billion making the consolidation the largest in the history of computer companies.
Computer pioneer deaths in 1997
Jean Hoerni passes away January 12, 1997 (Age:73)
Mina Rees passes away October 25, 1997 (Age: 92)
Cyril Cleverdon passes away December 4, 1997 (Age: 83)
John Pinkerton passes away December 22, 1997 (Age: 78)