Computer History - 2001

Updated: 10/19/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2001

Windows XPApple introduces macOS X 10.0 code named Cheetah and becomes available March 24, 2001.

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

Other computer events in 2001

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

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

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

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

Napster reaches over 26 million users February of 2001.

UsRobotics introduces the V.92 modem standard February 27, 2001.

On March 8, 2001, AOL memberships surpasses 28 Million.

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

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

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

Microsoft ClippyMicrosoft announces April 11, 2001 that it will no longer include Clippy with future releases of Microsoft Office.

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

On June 5, 2001 Nevada becomes 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 is estimated in causing $2 billion in damages and never succeeded in it's attack.

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

SATA 1.0 is introduced in August 2001.

The Trojan Room Coffee machine and first Internet webcam goes offline August 22, 2001.

The Klez virus is introduced in October of 2001.

On October 9, 2001 AMD announces 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 is 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 unveils the Segway December 3, 2001.

The "Goner" virus is first discovered December 4, 2001 and ends up costing an estimated eighty-million dollars in damage.

IBM starts the Eclipse project.

Nimda, the fastest spreading computer virus in history, is released.

The CDDB is officially renamed to Gracenote.

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

USB 2.0 is introduced.

The Agile Manifesto, which served as on outline for agile development methods, was introduced.

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 releases first handheld virus protection software March 9, 2001.

Apple starts putting up Genius Bars in their stores in May of 2001.

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

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

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

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 6.0 in August 27, 2001.

Compaq introduces the Compaq Presario line of computers August 27, 2001.

Apple introduces macOS X 10.1 code named Puma and becomes available on September 25, 2001.

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

Apple introduces the iPod and it goes on sale October 23, 2001.

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

Microsoft releases the original Xbox game console November 15, 2001.

Rhapsody is released in December of 2001.

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

Microsoft releases FrontPage 2002.

The first WCDMA network,called FOMA (Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access), is 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 is invented for use by the Chinese military.

Operationally Critical Threat, Asset, and Vulnerability Evaluation (OCTAVE) is introduced.

Internet domains that came online in 2001

The domain comes online January 13, 2001.

The domain comes online November 4, 2001.

Computer companies founded in 2001

Wikipedia is founded on January 15, 2001.

Arctic is founded.

Newegg is founded.

Roxio is founded.

ZDTV is purchased by Paul Allen and renamed to TechTV.

Xandros is founded.

Computer company events in 2001

Google acquires its first public acquisition:'s Usenet Service on February 13, 2001, which later becomes Google groups.

Electronic Arts purchases in March 2001.

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

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

On April 20, 2001 Dell computers becomes the largest PC maker.

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

Egghead files for Bankruptcy protection on August 18, 2001.

Hewlett Packard announces 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 is purchased by Pinnacle.

Logitech buys Labtec for approximately $125 million.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2001

William HewlettWilliam Hewlett passes away January 12, 2001 (Age 87)

Tom Kilburn passes away January 17, 2001 (Age: 79)

Herbert Simon passes away February 9, 2001 (Age: 85)

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

Jim Ellis passes away June 28, 2001 (Age: 45)

Nathan Rochester passes away June 8, 2001 (Age: 82)

Robert Floyd passes away September 25, 2001 (Age: 65)

Peter Elias passes away December 7, 2001 (Age: 78)

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