Computer history - 1999

Updated: 06/02/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1999


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

Other computer events in 1999

The Victoria's Secret fashion show became 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, began infecting computers on 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.

SyQuest Technology Inc. announced on April 22, 1999 the sale of all its U.S. assets to Iomega Corporation for approximately $9.1 million was complete.

VIA Technologies acquired Cyrix from Texas Instruments on June 30, 1999.

The Common Unix Printing System was released in June 1999.

Microsoft Corp. and RadioShack announce a strategic alliance on November 11, 1999, to accelerate the adoption of Web technologies and consumer connections to the Internet. Under the five-year agreement, the companies would establish a Microsoft "store within a store" in as many as 7,000 RadioShack locations across the nation. Customers can see demonstrations of and sign up for MSN dial-up or broadband Internet access.

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.

Oak Technology announced that it would acquire Xionics on July 29, 1999.

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

Tektronix announced on September 22, 1999 that it would sell its color printing business to Xerox.

Phoenix acquired Sand Microelectronics on September 28, 1999.

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

Japan's NEC Corp. announced on November 3, 1999 it was restructuring Packard Bell NEC unit that resulted in an 80% layoffs and its withdrawal from the U.S. retail computer market.

Napster logo

Jawbone was founded on December 1, 1999.

RIAA sued Napster on December 7, 1999.

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

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

The D programming language started development in 1999.

Guillemot acquired Thrustmaster.

Iona Technologies acquired the outstanding shares of stock of Aurora Technologies Inc in 1999.

Orchid Technology is no longer in business as of April 1999.

Practical Peripherals went out of business in 1999.

SMIL was first proposed in 1999.

Transport Layer Security was first defined in 1999.

RDRAM became available for computers in 1999.

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

Sony and Philips Electronics introduce SACD in 1999.

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

New computer products and services introduced in 1999

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

BlackBerry 8700g phone

RIM released the BlackBerry and BlackBerry OS on January 19, 1999.

The TiVo was introduced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January 1999.

Adobe Photoshop 5.5 was released in February 1999.

Gedit was 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 was released on February 26, 1999.

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

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

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

The first USB flash drives were developed in April 1999 at M-Systems (now SanDisk), an Israeli company, by Amir Ban, Dov Moran, and Oron Ogdan.

Microsoft released Word 2000 in 1999.

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

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

On May 19, 1999, [email protected], which enables users all over the world to help search for extraterrestrial intelligence, was launched by the SSL (Space Sciences Laboratory) at UC Berkeley.

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

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

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

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

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

Adobe InDesign was introduced on August 31, 1999.

GNU Privacy Guard was released on September 7, 1999.

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

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

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

The CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) was introduced in 1999.

Microsoft releases Windows CE 3.0.

AMD releases the Slot A processor and slot.

Avi Yablonka, Yaron Baratz, and Yuval Aflalo found Cellebrite in 1999.

GameMaker Studio is released by YoYo Games.

Microsoft introduced WMV with WMV 7.

Microsoft release FrontPage 2000.

BeanShell is introduced.

The FlexATX motherboard form factor specification was introduced by Intel.

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

Internet domains that came online in 1999

The domain came online on 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.

Napster was founded Jun 1, 1999.

Alibaba was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma and his team of 17 friends and students in Hangzhou, China.

Aspire International was founded in 1999.

Calcomp Graphics was founded in 1999.

Capterra was founded in 1999 by Michael Ortner.

Conexant was founded in 1999.

D-Wave Systems was founded in 1999.

Disney Interactive Media Group was founded in 1999.

EVGA was founded in 1999.

GameSpy was founded in 1999.

Infineon was founded as a spin-off company from former company, Siemens AG in 1999.

IOGEAR was founded in 1999.

ITK was founded in 1999.

Linden Lab was founded in 1999.

Mellanox Technologies was founded in 1999.

PEAR was founded in 1999.

Quanmax was founded in 1999.

Salesforce was founded in 1999.

Shutterfly was founded in 1999.

SiPix was founded in 1999.

Thermaltake was founded in 1999.

TiVo was founded in 1999.

Zhone Technologies was founded in 1999.

Computer company events in 1999

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

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

AST Research was acquired in January 1999 by Beny Alagem, the founder of Packard Bell who created AST Computer.

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

Howard Lance, chief executive officer of Astec announced on April 7, 1999 that Astec was now 100-percent owned by Emerson Electric Company and would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Microsoft acquired Access software on April 19, 1999.

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

Mattel, Inc. completed its merger with TLC (The Learning Company) and TLC became a division of Mattel on May 13, 1999.

AOL purchased Nullsoft on June 1, 1999.

Ascend was sold to Lucent Technologies in June 1999.

Mouse Systems had moved all operations to its parent company, KYE International Corporation, manufactures of Genius name brand products in June 1999.

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

IBM acquired Sequent Computer Systems in July 1999.

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

Willis Stein and Partners announced on August 23, 1999 it would acquire Aavid in a merger for $25.50 per share in cash, or approximately $260 million.

RealNetworks merged with Xing Technology Corporation in August 1999, the makers of AudioCatalyst.

SGI created a separate Cray research business unit in August 1999 to focus on the unique requirements of high-end supercomputing customers.

On September 24, 1999, S3 Incorporated and Diamond Multimedia Systems announced that the merger of the two companies was approved by both S3 and Diamond's shareholders.

Earthlink acquired Mindspring in September 1999.

American Megatrends Inc. announced on October 20, 1999, its MegaRAID Enterprise 1500-H, a super-high performance 64-bit PCI Ultra2 LVD SCSI RAID controller for enterprise-class servers. The product helped Unisys Corp. achieve new transaction processing performance world-record for Microsoft SQL server, and non-clustered Intel/NT systems with recently published TPC-C benchmarks.

Adaptec announced it would acquire DPT for $235 million on November 1, 1999.

Infogrames purchased Accolade in 1999.

Aims Labs went out of business in 1999.

Amazon agrees to buy, Alexa (, and

ARK logic went out of business in 1999.

AST Research was dissolved and AST Computer was formed in 1999.

Calcomp Technology, Inc. and it subsidiaries, have shutdown all their operations and transferred all of its businesses in 1999.

Dot Hill Systems acquired Artecon for $57 million in May 1999.

Genoa Systems went out of business in 1999.

RSAC became part of ICRA in 1999.

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

Total Entertainment Network renamed to in 1999.

The Mining Company was renamed to in 1999.

Computer-related movies released in 1999

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

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

Pirates of Silicon Valley was released on June 20, 1999.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1999

Robert Lansdown

Robert Lansdown passed away on February 17, 1999 (Age: 70).

Paul DeMaine passed away on May 13, 1999 (Age: 74).

William Stevens passed away on September 1, 1999 (Age: 48).

David Huffman passed away on October 7, 1999 (Age: 74).

Nicholas Metropolis passed away on October 17, 1999 (Age: 84).

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