Computer History - 2003

Updated: 12/20/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2003

Apple opens the iTunes store April 28, 2003.

Google Android logoAndroid is founded by Andy Rubin in October 2003.

Other computer events in 2003

The SQL Slammer (also known as Sapphire) worm is first released in January 25, 2003. The worm becomes the fastest spreading worm in history after infecting hundreds of thousands of computers on the Internet in less than three hours. Because the code instructs the server to go into an endless loop of continually sending out data to other computers, the worm caused distributed denial of service attacks across the Internet.

The space shuttle Columbia explodes fifteen minutes before it is scheduled to land on February 1, 2003, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.

PCMCIA announces the development of a new standard codenamed NEWCARD on February 19, 2003.

Supreme court rules that sex offenders information and pictures can be posted online on March 3, 2003.

VIA introduces the Nano-ITX motherboard form factor in March 2003.

SCO files a $1 billion USD lawsuit against IBM March 6, 2003 for allegedly devaluing its version of UNIX by contributing its intellectual property to the codebase of Linux.

The first computer is infected with the Spybot worm on April 16, 2003.

The first D Conference is held in May.

The H.264 standard is completed in May 2003.

XDR DRAM begins being sold.

DDR2 SDRAM begins being sold.

Internet site LinkedIn launches May 5, 2003.

The Digital Living Network Alliance was founded by Sony in June of 2003.

The Mozilla Foundation is officially formed on July 15, 2003.

The Blaster Worm is distributed to Web servers in August of 2003.

The Internet VoIP service Skype goes public August 29, 2003.

On September 8, 2003 The RIAA begins to sue individual sharers of copyrighted mp3 files.

Apple adds iTunes support for Microsoft Windows computers October 17, 2003

On October 24, 2003 the Sober computer worm is first discovered, a computer worm written in Visual Basic and distributed through e-mail.

Enhanced Versatile Disc (EVD) standard is announced on November 18, 2003 as a planned replacement for DVD.

President George W. Bush signs CAN-SPAM into law December 16, 2003, establishing the first United States' standards for sending commercial e-mail.

The Brooks multi-paradigm programming language proposed by Petra Hofstedt.

New computer products and services introduced in 2003

Intel Pentium M is introduced in March.

AMD releases its first 64-bit processor, the Athlon 64.

Puppy Linux is introduced.

PCLinuxOS is introduced.

Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit edition (Version 2003) for Itanium 2 systems is released on March 28, 2003.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is released March 28, 2003.

The Amazon Fire TV is released on April 12, 2003.

AMD releases the first single-core Opteron processors, with speeds of 1.4 GHz to 2.4 GHz and 1024 KB L2 cache, on April 22, 2003.

WordPress is first released on May 27, 2003.

The game Second Life is released June 23, 2003.

Microsoft introduces Windows Mobile 2003 on June 23, 2003

The Safari Internet browser is released June 30, 2003.

Iomega introduces the first Removable Rigid Disk (RRD) August 12, 2003.

Valve introduces Steam September 12, 2003.

AMD releases the first Athlon 64 processor, the 3200+ (2.0 GHz, 1024 KB L2 cache), and the first Athlon 64 FX processor, the FX-51 (2.2 GHz, 1024 KB L2 cache), on September 23, 2003.

Intel announces the new BTX form factor.

Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) is released in October of 2003.

Apple introduces macOS X 10.3 code named Panther October 25, 2003.

ImageShack comes online in November 2003.

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003 is released on December 18, 2003.

Microsoft releases FrontPage 2003, which ends up being the last version of Microsoft FrontPage.

Google releases Google Print in December 2003, which later becomes Google Book Search.

802.11i is introduced with WPA encryption.

Computer companies founded in 2003

E-Tech is founded.

Computer company events in 2003

Google acquires Blogger February 17, 2003.

On June 09, 2003 Vector Capital Corp acquires Corel and plans on returning the company to a privately held company.

Palm acquires Handspring in June of 2003.

Yahoo! acquires Overture for $1.63 billion June 14, 2003.

Gumstix is founded.

Tally and Genicom merge to form TallyGenicom.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2003

Georgii LopatoGeorgii Lopato passes away on February 13, 2003 (Age: 79)

Julian Bigelow passes away February 21, 2003 (Age: 90)

Roger Needham passes away March 1, 2003 (Age: 68)

Adam Osborne passes away March 18, 2003 (Age: 64)

Edgar Codd passes away April 18, 2003 (Age: 80)

Glen Culler passes away May 3, 2003 (Age: 76)

I. Bernard Cohen passes away June 23, 2003 (Age: 89)

Eugene Kleiner passes away November 20, 2003 (Age: 80)

Mark Pinsker passes away December 23, 2003 (Age: 78)

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