Computer history - 2001

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2001

Windows XP

Apple introduced macOS X 10.0 code-named Cheetah and became available on March 24, 2001.

Microsoft Windows XP home and professional editions were released on October 25, 2001.

Other computer events in 2001

IntelliJ IDEA, an integrated development environment, was released for Windows, macOS X, and Linux in January 2001.

Microsoft announced on January 1, 2001, Windows 95 was now a legacy item and would no longer be sold or shipped to any more customers.

On January 02, 2001, Intel announced that it would recall its 1.13 GHz Pentium III processors due to a glitch.

Apple first released iTunes on the Mac January 9, 2001.

Napster reaches over 26 million users by February 2001.

USRobotics introduced the V.92 modem standard on February 27, 2001.

On March 8, 2001, AOL memberships surpassed 28 million.

The Mir Russian space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on March 23, 2001, and breaks up after 15-years in space.

IBM released its z/OS 64-bit operating system on March 30, 2001.

The HyperTransport standard was introduced by AMD on April 2, 2001.

Microsoft Clippy

Microsoft announced on April 11, 2001, that it would no longer include Clippy with future releases of Microsoft Office.

Jan de Wit aka OnTheFly was convicted for the Anna Kournikova virus on May 27, 2001.

On June 5, 2001, Nevada became the first U.S. state to vote to legalize online gambling.

The Code Red worm begins infecting Windows computers in July 2001 with the intention of performing a DDoS attack on the White House government web page. The worm was estimated to have caused $2 billion in damages, despite never succeeded in its intended attack.

On July 20, 2001, it's announced PC shipments the worst they've been since 1986, as only Dell grows.

SATA 1.0 was introduced in August 2001.

The Trojan Room coffee machine and the first Internet webcam went offline on August 22, 2001.

The Klez virus was introduced in October 2001.

On October 9, 2001, AMD announced a new branding scheme. Instead of identifying processors by their clock speed the AMD XP will bear monikers of 1800+, 1700+, 1600+, and 1500+, with each lower model number representing a lower clock speed.

November 15, 2001, was the 30th anniversary of the microprocessor. In those 30 years, the speed of the processor has increased more than 18,500 times (from 0.108 MHz to 2 GHz).

Dean Kamen unveiled the Segway on December 3, 2001.

The "Goner" virus was first discovered on December 4, 2001, eventually causing an estimated eighty million dollars in damage.

IBM started the Eclipse project in 2001.

Nimda, the fastest spreading computer virus in history, was released in 2001.

The CDDB was officially renamed to Gracenote in 2001.

Airlines began to implement methods of gaining Internet access while flying.

USB 2.0 was introduced in 2001.

The Agile Manifesto, which served as an outline for agile development methods, was introduced in 2001.

New computer products and services introduced in 2001

Linus Torvalds releases version 2.4 of the Linux kernel source code on January 4th that introduced hot plugging and other features.

McAfee released the first handheld virus protection software on March 9, 2001.

Apple started putting up Genius Bars in their stores in May 2001.

Google Image Search was introduced offering access to 250 million images in July 2001.

Bram Cohen introduced BitTorrent on a public message board on July 2, 2001.

Lindows OS (later Linspire) was founded by Michael Robertson in August 2001.

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6.0 on August 27, 2001.

Compaq introduced the Compaq Presario line of computers on August 27, 2001.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.1 code-named Puma and became available on September 25, 2001.

On September 25, 2001, XM Radio released its service to the public.

Apple introduced the iPod and the first Apple earbuds on October 23, 2001.

VIA introduced the Mini-ITX and the first ITX motherboard form factor in November 2001.

Microsoft released the original Xbox game console on November 15, 2001.

Rhapsody was released in December 2001.

Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit edition (version 2002) for Itanium systems was released.

Microsoft released FrontPage 2002.

The first WCDMA network, called FOMA (Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access), was launched in Japan.

Development versions of are released for Linux and Windows with a macOS X version that works with X-11.

The Kylin operating system was invented for use by the Chinese military.

OCTAVE (operationally critical threat, asset, and vulnerability evaluation) was introduced.

ZFS was first developed at Sun in 2001.

Internet domains that came online in 2001

The domain came online on January 13, 2001.

The domain came online on November 4, 2001.

Computer companies founded in 2001

Wikipedia was founded on January 15, 2001.

JMicron Technology was founded in September 2001.

Arctic was founded in 2001.

Newegg was founded in 2001.

Roxio was founded in 2001.

ZDTV was purchased by Paul Allen and renamed to TechTV in 2001.

Xandros was founded in 2001.

Computer company events in 2001

Google acquired its first public acquisition:'s Usenet service on February 13, 2001, which later became Google groups.

Electronic Arts purchased in March 2001.

On March 24, 2001, Micron Electronics announced it was putting its computer operations up for sale.

After 21 years of selling hard drives, Quantum sold its hard drive business to Maxtor to turn its full attention to higher-level storage products and services on March 31, 2001.

On April 20, 2001, Dell became the largest PC maker.

On July 17, 2001, Corel purchased Micrografx Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction.

Egghead filed for bankruptcy protection on August 18, 2001.

Hewlett Packard announced plans to buy Compaq on September 6, 2001.

AST Computers goes out of business and stops selling computers.

Chip-making giant Intel has agreed to acquire Xircom Inc., a maker of mobile computing gear, for about $748 million.

Fast Multimedia was purchased by Pinnacle.

Logitech buys Labtec for approximately $125 million.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2001

William Hewlett

William Hewlett passed away on January 12, 2001 (Age 87).

Tom Kilburn passed away on January 17, 2001 (Age: 79).

Herbert Simon passed away on February 9, 2001 (Age: 85).

Claude Elwood Shannon passed away on February 24, 2001 (Age: 85).

Jim Ellis passed away on June 28, 2001 (Age: 45).

Nathan Rochester passed away on June 8, 2001 (Age: 82).

Robert Floyd passed away on September 25, 2001 (Age: 65).

Peter Elias passed away on December 7, 2001 (Age: 78).

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