Computer History - 2000
- Major computer events in 2000.
- Other computer events in 2000.
- New computer products and services introduced in 2000.
- Internet domains that came online in 2000.
- Computer companies founded in 2000.
- Computer-related movies released in 2000.
- Computer company events in 2000.
- Computer pioneer deaths in 2000.
Major computer events in 2000
Computers continue to work, and the world doesn't come to an end on January 1, 2000, as some feared might happen because of the year 2000 bug.
On March 10, 2000, NASDAQ hit its record high and marked the turning point of the dot-com boom.
For the first time, more than half of the households in America have Internet access on August 17, 2000, according to Nielsen.
Other computer events in 2000
A glitch in a computer in the Washington D.C. air traffic control causes a shutdown of air traffic across the U.S. East Coast on January 6, 2000.
Kevin Mitnick was released from prison on January 21, 2000.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act became effective on April 21, 2000.
Young Filipino students released the ILOVEYOU e-mail virus that began infecting computers and spreading over the Internet starting on May 4, 2000. The virus becomes one of the most costly viruses ever, estimated causing over 10 billion dollars in damage because of the steps involved in cleaning a computer after it had been infected.
On June 24, 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton makes the first ever Presidential webcast. In it, he announces a new website that citizens can use to search all government resources.
Internet Explorer 5.5 was released in July 2000.
The Nokia 3310 mobile phone was announced on September 1, 2000.
Steve Wozniak was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in September 2000.
AGP 3.0 aka AGP 8x was introduced in November 2000.
Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev become the first to enter the International Space Station on November 2, 2000.
The site egghead.com announced on December 22, 2000, its site was hacked and that around 3.5 million customers credit cards were exposed.
U.S. Judge Thomas Penfield announced today after over 2-years in the court that Microsoft be split into two companies although will remain intact until the appeals process is exhausted.
Professor Paul Blenkhorn invents Microsoft Narrator.
Jack Kilby was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.
Google announces it has indexed over one billion pages making it the Internet's largest search engine.
The Low-Level Virtual Machine project began in 2000.
New computer products and services introduced in 2000
XHTML was released on January 26, 2000.
EA released The Sims, the best-selling PC game in history on February 04, 2000.
Perl 5.6 was released on March 22, 2000.
AMD first released the Duron processor on June 19, 2000, with speeds of 600 MHz to 1.8 GHz and bus speeds of 200 MHz to 266 MHz. The Duron was built on the same K7 architecture as the Athlon processor.
The Intel Pentium 4 central processing unit architecture (code-named "Willamette") was released on November 20, 2000.
OpenOffice.org was introduced as an open office productivity suite in 2000.
Internet domains that came online in 2000
The domain twitter.com came online on January 21, 2000.
The domain blogspot.com came online on July 31, 2000.
Computer companies founded in 2000
Boost Mobile was founded in 2000.
Sunbeamtech was founded in 2000.
Computer company events in 2000
AOL announced it had acquired Time Warner for $164 billion in stock and became AOL Time Warner on January 10, 2000.
VeriSign agreed to acquire Network Solutions for $21 billion on March 7, 2000.
Verizon was formed on April 4, 2000.
Microsoft Corporation announced on June 19, 2000, that it had bought Bungie Software Products Corporation for undisclosed terms. This move allows Microsoft to release the highly anticipated game Halo, for its upcoming Xbox.
AT&T announces in October it will restructure over the next two years into a family of separate publicly held companies: AT&T Wireless, AT&T Broadband, and AT&T.
Mattel sells The Learning Company to Gores Technology group for $3.6 billion.
EONtronics goes out of business.
Integrated Micro Solutions goes out of business.
Silicom Multimedia goes out of business.
Computer-related movies released in 2000
Track Down (Takedown outside the USA) was released on March 15, 2000.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2000
Phillip Katz passed away on April 14, 2000 (Age: 37).
Donald Davies passed away on May 28, 2000 (Age: 76).
Leo Fantl passed away on November 11, 2000 (Age: 76).
Michael Muuss passed away on November 20, 2000 (Age: 42).