Computer history - 1998

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1998

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Google filed for incorporation in California on September 4, 1998.

Saehan's MPMan became the first MP3 player released in Japan to the public in spring of 1998.

Other computer events in 1998

Bill Gates was hit in the face with a cream pie by Noël Godin while entering the European Union on February 4, 1998.

Sun Microsystems began shipping the JavaStation in March 1998.

Oak Technology exited the PC audio and 3D graphics market on March 31, 1998. It discontinued all product development and technical support operations for its products.

Adobe Photoshop 5.0 was released in May 1998.

3DNow! was introduced by AMD in May 1998.

AGP 2.0 was introduced in May 1998.

Windows 98

Microsoft Windows 98 was officially released on June 25, 1998.

Perl 5.005 was released on July 22, 1998.

Advanced packaging tool was released in August 1998.

Apple introduced the iMac in August 1998.

eBay made its IPO (initial public offering)) on September 24, 1998, and went up 163.2% to close at 47.375.

Amazon.com went down for a routine update and remained down for ten hours n September 30, 1998.

The DMCA was passed on October 28, 1998.

Syquest Technology announced on November 17, 1998 it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. All pre-petition debts and liabilities were under bankruptcy court's jurisdiction.

Valve Half-Life, a popular FPS game, was released on November 19, 1998.

Storm Technologies converted its chapter 11 bankruptcy case to a chapter 7 filing on November 30, 1998.

AbiWord was first released on December 1, 1998.

Chips and Technologies (C&T) was purchased by Intel in 1998.

The IEC approved standard 60027-2 in December 1998 and defined kibi, mebi, gibi, tebi, pebi, and exbi.

Intel released the Celeron processor in 1998.

MySQL was introduced in 1998.

The PureBasic programming language released for AmigaOS in 1998.

The first programming language for a computer, called Plankalkül, developed by Konrad Zuse between 1943 and 1945, was finally implemented.

The Triple Data Encryption Algorithm was introduced in 1998.

Microsoft released the 6.0 version of Visual Basic in 1998.

Socket 370 or PGA370

Intel introduced the Socket 370 socket in 1998.

Blender began being developed by NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies in 1998.

The Erlang functional programming language became open source in 1998.

The ActionScript programming language was introduced in 1998.

David Rosenthal of the MIT X Consortium released the ICCCM standard in 1998.

Mindscape became part of Mattel Interactive and then sold to Mattel in 1998.

The first programming language for a computer was Plankalkül, developed by Konrad Zuse for the Z3 between 1943 and 1945. However, it was not implemented until 1998.

New computer products and services introduced in 1998

HD-ROM was introduced on February 2, 1998.

V.90 modem standard was announced and agreed on February 6, 1998.

XML 1.0 became a W3C recommendation on February 8, 1998.

StarCraft

StarCraft was released by Blizzard Entertainment for the PC on March 31, 1998, and for the Mac in 1999. Selling over 11 million copies by 2009, the game is was an important step in the development of real-time strategy games, raising the bar for the gaming industry.

The CIH virus, also known as Chernobyl virus, was created and began infecting computers and started executing one year later on April 26, 1999. This day was the same day as the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine on April 26, 1986.

Koko, a gorilla ape and student of American Sign Language, held the first interspecies live Internet chat on April 27, 1998.

AMD introduced their new K6-2 processor line on May 28, 1998, with speeds of 266 MHz to 550 MHz and bus speeds of 66 MHz to 100 MHz. The K6-2 processor was an enhanced version of AMD's K6 processor.

Unreal was developed by Epic MegaGames and released on May 22, 1998, by GT Interactive. The game was credited by helping to popularize the Unreal graphics engine, which still is used today with DirectX and OpenGL for graphics rendering.

Intel released the first Xeon processor, the Pentium II Xeon 400 (512 K or 1 M cache, 400 MHz, 100 MHz FSB), in June 1998.

ATA-4 was approved by ANSI on August 19, 1998.

The first Google Doodle appeared on Google's web page on August 20, 1998, to celebrate burning man.

AMR was released on September 9, 1998.

Microsoft Internet Explorer passed Netscape in Internet browser market share for the first time as reported in a September 28, 1998, International Data Corporation report.

In October 1998, Microsoft announced that future releases of Windows NT would no longer have the initials of NT and that the next edition would be Windows 2000.

The Computer Hope website came online on November 1, 1998.

Baldur's Gate was released by Interplay Entertainment on November 30, 1998. The first in a series of role-playing games, it sells over 2 million copies worldwide as of 2008. It is credited with helping to revive the RPG genre and PC Gamer is quoted as saying the game "sets new standards for those to come."

Microsoft released Word 98 for PC and Mac in 1998.

Internet weblogs began to appear in 1998.

AVC was developed and designed in 1998.

The CST was initiated by ETA in 1998.

Mac Excel 98 was released in 1998.

The GeekSpeak radio show started in 1998.

GnuCash was originally developed by Robin Clark, and first released in 1998.

The first version of Mandrake was released in 1998.

Maya was released by Alias Systems in 1998.

MPEG-4 was first introduced in 1998.

Microsoft released FrontPage 98 in 1998.

OpenSSL began development in 1998.

PCI-X was introduced in 1998.

During the demonstration of a pre-release copy of Windows 98 at COMDEX, Bill Gates and an assistant demonstrated how to install a scanner. During the demonstration, Windows 98 caused an error message.

The "Solar Sunrise" attack was launched by two teenager hackers and gave them access to more than 500 military government computers.

The term gray hat was first used by L0pht in 1998.

SanDisk (formerly SunDisk) released the first SSD with PATA interfaces in 1998.

Sony released the High capacity Floppy Disk in 1998.

Sony introduced the Sony memory stick in 1998.

Hearings opened between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice to whether Microsoft had a monopoly on the software market in 1998.

UDMA was first introduced in 1998.

Internet domains that came online in 1998

The domain computerhope.com came online on July 14, 1998.

The domain ask.com came online on October 19, 1998.

Discontinued products and services in 1998

AOL announced it would no longer support the Netscape browser on February 1, 1998.

Development for the Apple Newton OS and the Newton platform officially ended on February 27, 1998.

Computer companies founded in 1998

GOD (Gathering of Developers) Games was founded in January 1998.

Mozilla was initially formed on March 13, 1998 by Netscape.

AFREEY was established on April 16, 1998.

Addonics was incorporated in 1998.

Comodo was founded in 1998.

CSR was founded in 1998.

CyberPowerPC was founded in 1998.

eMachines was founded in 1998.

EONtronics was founded in 1998.

Palm, the makers of the Palm Pilot, left U.S. Robotics and formed its own company called HandSpring.

ICANN was founded in 1998.

InnoVISION was established in 1998.

Insyde was founded in 1998.

InterVideo was founded in 1998.

Lite-on was founded in 1998.

Multiwave Digital Solutions was founded in 1998.

PayPal was founded in 1998.

Razer was founded in 1998.

Rockstar Games was founded in 1998.

Sabrent was founded in 1998.

Spamhaus was founded in 1998.

VMware was founded in 1998.

ZTE was founded in 1998.

Computer company events in 1998

Compaq Computer purchased Digital Equipment Corporation for $9.6 billion on January 26, 1998.

Compuserve became a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL in 1998.

Mirabilis, the makers of ICQ, was purchased by AOL for $287 million on June 8, 1998.

Softimage Inc. was acquired from Microsoft by Avid on June 15, 1998.

McAfee announced it would acquire Dr. Solomon's Group PLC on June 9, 1998.

Electronic Arts announced on August 17, 1998, it would purchase all outstanding stock of Westwood Studios, Inc., and certain other studio assets of Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc. The cash transaction is valued at $122.5 million.

The Learning Company announced the completion of its merger with Broderbund Software on August 31, 1998. As a result of the merger, Broderbund became a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Learning Company.

Nortel acquired Bay Networks on August 31, 1998.

Trilobyte was forced to close its doors on September 15, 1998, after no publishing deals and void of financial recourses.

MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. announced tit had completed the acquisition of SpryNet from America Online, Inc. on October 15, 1998.

Microsoft acquired the advertising company LinkExchange for $265 million on November 6, 1998.

AOL announced it would acquire Netscape Communications for an estimated value of $4.2 billion on November 24, 1998.

Virgin became part of Irvine Games Inc. and ceased operations in November 1998. However, the business of Virgin Interactive continued to be conducted through its London headquarters.

The Learning Company announced it had entered into a definitive agreement with Mattel, Inc. for the merger of the two companies on December 14, 1998.

Google hired Craig Silverstein as its first employee in 1998.

Amazon purchased IMDb in 1998.

Award, well known for its computer BIOS, became part of Phoenix, another company well known for its computer BIOS.

Digicom Systems Inc. changed its name to Broadxent, Inc. in 1998.

Lycos purchased Angelfire in 1998.

In 1998, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems announced its new name as Conexant Systems Inc.

MicroProse joined Hasbro Interactive in 1998.

STB Systems was acquired by 3dfx Interactive Inc. in 1998.

Virgin Interactive agreed to buyout from Interplay Entertainment and acquired 43.9% of Virgin Interactive in 1998. This agreement granted Interplay distribution rights in North and South America.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1998

Richard Hamming

Richard Hamming passed away on January 7, 1998 (Age: 82).

Trevor Pearcey passed away on January 27, 1998 (Age: 79).

Reynold Johnson passed away on September 15, 1998 (Age: 92).

David Evans passed away on October 3, 1998 (Age: 74).

Jonathan Postel passed away on October 16, 1998 (Age: 55).

Thomas Flowers passed away on October 28, 1998 (Age: 92).

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