Computer History - 1999

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1999

The first Wiki is introduced with WikiWikiWeb on March 25, 1999.

Other computer events in 1999

The Victoria's Secret fashion show becomes the first major webcast on the Internet attracting over 1.5 million visitors on February 5, 1999. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to view the webcast because of its popularity.

The Melissa virus, created by David Smith, begins infecting computers March 26, 1999 and quickly spreads around the globe over e-mail in hours. The virus becomes one of the fastest spreading viruses in history and causes an estimated $80 million in damage.

The Common Unix Printing System is released in June of 1999.

On December 1, 1999 the most expensive Internet domain name was sold by Marc Ostrofsky for $7.5 million. The domain was later sold on July 26, 2007 again to R.H. Donnelley for $345 million USD.

Pyra Labs launches the Internet service Blogger on August 23, 1999.

IEEE introduced 802.11b in September 1999 that also introduced WEP.

RIAA sues Napster December 7, 1999.

Jeff Bezos of is named Time Person of the Year December 27, 1999.

TIME magazine includes Philo Farnsworth in "The TIME 100: The Most Important People of the Century."

The D programming language starts development.

SMIL is first proposed.

Transport Layer Security is first defined.

Linden Lab is founded.

RDRAM becomes available for computers.

Scott McNealy is quoted as saying "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it."

Sony and Philips Electronics introduce SACD.

The Linux Terminal Server Project, also known as LTSP, is formed.

New computer products and services introduced in 1999

Intel releases the Celeron 366 MHz and 400 MHz processors on January 4, 1999.

RIM releases the Blackberry on January 19, 1999.

The TiVo is introduced at the Consumer electronics show in January 1999.

Adobe Photoshop 5.5 is released in February of 1999.

Gedit is released on February 12, 1999.

AMD released its K6-III processors on February 22, 1999, with speeds of 400 MHz or 450 MHz and bus speeds of 66 MHz to 100 MHz. It also featured an on-die L2 cache.

The Intel Pentium III 500 MHz is released on February 26, 1999.

RDF Site Summary, the first version of RSS, is created by Ramanathan Guha at Netscape in March of 1999.

The popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuest is released March 16, 1999.

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4.5 and later Internet Explorer 5.0 on March 18, 1999.

VMware released its first software program, called VMware Workstation, in May 1999.

The Intel Pentium III 550 MHz is released on May 17, 1999.

AMD introduced the Athlon processor series on June 23, 1999. The Athlon would be produced for the next 6 years in speeds ranging from 500 MHz up to 2.33 GHz.

Apple introduces the Apple Airport and iBook on July 21, 1999.

The Intel Pentium III 600 MHz is released on August 2, 1999.

AMD introduces the AMD Athlon processors and Socket 462 socket August 9, 1999.

NVIDIA introduces the GPU and GeForce on August 31, 1999.

GNU Privacy Guard is released on September 7, 1999.

The Intel Pentium III 533B and 600B MHz is released on September 27, 1999.

The Intel Pentium III Coppermine series is first introduced on October 25, 1999.

Microsoft introduces the IntelliMouse Explorer, an optical computer mouse, and the IntelliEye on April 19, 1999.

Microsoft releases Windows CE 3.0.

AMD releases the Slot A processor and slot.

Microsoft introduces WMV with WMV 7.

Microsoft release FrontPage 2000.

The FlexATX motherboard form factor specification is introduced by Intel.

IBM introduces the first Microdrive, the world's physically smallest hard drive capable of storing 170 MB.

Internet domains that came online in 1999

The domain comes online October 11, 1999.

Computer companies founded in 1999

Hewlett Packard founds APOLLO on January 6, 1999, a subsidiary of HP with the intentions of selling sub-$100 printers.

Aspire International is founded.

Calcomp Graphics is founded.

D-Wave Systems is founded.

Disney Interactive Media Group is founded.

EVGA is founded.

GameSpy is founded.

ITK is founded.

Mellanox Technologies is founded.

Shutterfly is founded.

SiPix is founded.

Thermaltake is founded.

TiVo is founded.

Zhone Technologies is founded.

Computer company events in 1999

@Home buys Excite for $6.7 billion USD on January 19, 1999.

Yahoo! buys GeoCities for $3.65 billion USD on January 28, 1999.

Yahoo! purchases for $5.7 billion on April 1, 1999.

Microsoft acquires Access software on April 19, 1999.

Sony introduces its robot dog AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot) on May 11, 1999.

AOL purchases Nullsoft on June 1, 1999.

National Semiconductor announced it will exit the PC processor market and on June 30, 1999 VIA Technologies announces it will acquire Cyrix from National Semiconductor.

IBM acquires Sequent Computer Systems in July 1999.

The Hayes brand name is purchased by Zoom July 1999. They still use the Hayes name on some of their products.

Earthlink acquires Mindspring in September 1999.

Aims Labs goes out of business.

Amazon agrees to buy, Alexa (, and

ARK logic goes out of business.

Genoa Systems goes out of business.

RSAC becomes part of ICRA.

Sun Microsystems acquires StarDivision, the developers behind the StarOffice suite of software.

Total Entertainment Network renamed to

The Mining Company is renamed to

Computer related movies released in 1999

The Matrix, a popular sci-fi movie, is released March 31, 1999.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released May 19, 1999.

Pirates of Silicon Valley is released June 20, 1999.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1999

Robert LansdownRobert Lansdown passes away February 17, 1999 (Age:70)

Paul DeMaine passes away May 13, 1999 (Age: 74)

William Stevens passes away September 1, 1999 (Age: 48)

David Huffman passes away October 7, 1999 (Age: 74)

Nicholas Metropolis passes away October 17, 1999 (Age: 84)

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