Computer History - 1998

Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1998

Google logoGoogle files for incorporation in California September 4, 1998.

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

Other computer events in 1998

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

Sun Microsystems begins shipping the JavaStation in March of 1998.

Adobe Photoshop 5.0 is released in May of 1998.

3DNow! is introduced by AMD in May of 1998.

AGP 2.0 is introduced in May of 1998.

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

Perl 5.005 is released July 22, 1998.

Advanced Packaging Tool is released in August of 1998.

Apple introduces the iMac in August of 1998. goes down for a routine update and remains down for ten hours n September 30, 1998.

The DMCA is passed on October 28, 1998.

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

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

Intel releases the Celeron processor.

MySQL is introduced.

The PureBasic programming language released for AmigaOS.

The first programming language for a computer, called Plankalk├╝l, developed by Konrad Zuse between 1943 and 1945, is finally implemented.

The Triple Data Encryption Algorithm is introduced.

Bill Gates, is hit in the face with a cream pie.

Microsoft releases the 6.0 version of Visual Basic.

Intel introduces the Socket 370 socket.

Blender begins being developed by NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies.

The Erlang functional programming language becomes open source.

The ActionScript programming language is introduced.

David Rosenthal of the MIT X Consortium releases the ICCCM standard.

New computer products and services introduced in 1998

HD-ROM is introduced February 2, 1998.

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

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

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

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

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

[email protected] is introduced on June 8, 1998.

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

AMR is released September 9, 1998

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

In October of 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 comes online November 1, 1998.

Internet weblogs begin to appear.

The CST is initiated by ETA.

MPEG-4 is first introduced.

Microsoft releases FrontPage 98.

OpenSSL begins development.

ATA-4 is approved by ANSI.

The GeekSpeak radio show starts.

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

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

The term gray hat is first used by L0pht.

Sony releases the High capacity Floppy Disk.

Sony introduces the Sony Memory Stick.

Hearings open between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice to whether Microsoft has a monopoly on the software market.

Internet domains that came online in 1998

The domain comes online July 14, 1998.

The domain comes online October 19, 1998.

Computer companies founded in 1998

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

Mozilla is initially formed March 13, 1998.

AFREEY is established on April 16, 1998.

Addonics is incorporated.

Comodo is founded.

CSR is founded.

eMachines is founded.

EONtronics is founded.

Palm leaves U.S. Robotics and forms its own company HandSpring.

InnoVISION is established.

Insyde is founded.

InterVideo is founded.

Lite-on is founded.

Multiwave Digital Solutions is founded.

PayPal is founded.

PureData is founded.

Razer is founded.

Rockstar Games is founded.

VMware is founded.

Computer company events in 1998

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

Compuserve becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL.

McAfee announces it will acquire Dr Solomon's Group PLC June 9, 1998.

Google hires Craig Silverstein as its first employee.

Amazon purchases IMDb.

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

Lycos purchases Angelfire.

Microsoft acquires the advertising company LinkExchange for $265 Million USD November 6, 1998.

AOL announces it will acquire Netscape Communications for an estimated value of $4.2 billion November 24, 1998.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1998

Richard HammingRichard Hamming passes away January 7, 1998 (Age: 82)

Trevor Pearcey passes away January 27, 1998 (Age: 79)

Reynold Johnson passes away September 15, 1998 (Age: 92)

David Evans passes away October 3, 1998 (Age: 74)

Jonathan Postel passes away October 16, 1998 (Age: 55)

Thomas Flowers passes away October 28, 1998 (Age: 92)

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