Computer History - 1998

Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1998

Google logoGoogle 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

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

Sun Microsystems began shipping the JavaStation in March 1998.

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.

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.

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

The DMCA was passed on October 28, 1998.

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

AbiWord is first released on December 1, 1998.

The IEC approves standard 60027-2 in December 1998 and defines 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 Plankalk├╝l, developed by Konrad Zuse between 1943 and 1945, was finally implemented.

The Triple Data Encryption Algorithm was introduced in 1998.

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

Microsoft released the 6.0 version of Visual Basic in 1998.

Intel introduced the Socket 370 socket in 1998.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

[email protected] was introduced on June 8, 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 passes 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.

Internet weblogs began to appear in 1998.

The CST was initiated by ETA in 1998.

MPEG-4 was first introduced in 1998.

Microsoft released FrontPage 98 in 1998.

OpenSSL began development in 1998.

ATA-4 was approved by ANSI in 1998.

The GeekSpeak radio show started in 1998.

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 was launched by two teenager hackers and gives them access to more than 500 military government computers.

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

Sony released the High capacity Floppy Disk in 1998.

Sony introduced the Sony Memory Stick in 1998.

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

Computer companies founded in 1998

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

Mozilla was initially formed on March 13, 1998.

AFREEY was established on April 16, 1998.

Addonics was incorporated in 1998.

Comodo was founded in 1998.

CSR was founded in 1998.

eMachines was founded in 1998.

EONtronics was founded in 1998.

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

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.

PureData was founded in 1998.

Razer was founded in 1998.

Rockstar Games was founded in 1998.

VMware 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.

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

Google hires 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.

Lycos purchased Angelfire in 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.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1998

Richard HammingRichard 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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