Computer History - 2003

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2003

Apple opened the iTunes store on April 28, 2003.

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

Other computer events in 2003

The SQL Slammer (also known as Sapphire) worm was first released on 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 was scheduled to land on February 1, 2003, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.

PCMCIA announced the development of a new standard code-named NEWCARD on February 19, 2003.

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

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

SCO files a $1 billion 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 was infected with the Spybot worm on April 16, 2003.

The first D Conference was held in May 2003.

The H.264 standard was completed in May 2003.

XDR DRAM began being sold in 2003.

DDR2 SDRAM began being sold in 2003.

Internet site LinkedIn launched on May 5, 2003.

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

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

The Blaster Worm was distributed to Web servers in August 2003.

The Internet VoIP service Skype went public on August 29, 2003.

On September 8, 2003, the RIAA began to sue individual sharers of copyrighted mp3 files.

Apple added iTunes support for Microsoft Windows computers on October 17, 2003.

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

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

President George W. Bush signed CAN-SPAM into law on 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 was introduced in March 2003.

AMD released its first 64-bit processor, the Athlon 64 in 2003.

Puppy Linux was introduced in 2003.

PCLinuxOS was introduced in 2003.

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

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was released on March 28, 2003.

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

AMD released 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 was first released on May 27, 2003.

The game Second Life was released on June 23, 2003.

Microsoft introduced Windows Mobile 2003 on June 23, 2003.

The Safari Internet browser was released on June 30, 2003.

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

Valve introduced Steam on September 12, 2003.

AMD released 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 announced the new BTX form factor in 2003.

Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) was released in October 2003.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.3 code-named Panther on October 25, 2003.

ImageShack came online in November 2003.

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

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

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

802.11i was introduced with WPA encryption in 2003.

Computer companies founded in 2003

E-Tech was founded in 2003.

Computer company events in 2003

Google acquired Blogger on February 17, 2003.

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

Palm acquired Handspring in June 2003.

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

Gumstix was founded in 2003.

Tally and Genicom merge to form TallyGenicom.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2003

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

Julian Bigelow passed away on February 21, 2003 (Age: 90).

Roger Needham passed away on March 1, 2003 (Age: 68).

Adam Osborne passed away on March 18, 2003 (Age: 64).

Edgar Codd passed away on April 18, 2003 (Age: 80).

Glen Culler passed away on May 3, 2003 (Age: 76).

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

Eugene Kleiner passed away on November 20, 2003 (Age: 80).

Mark Pinsker passed away on December 23, 2003 (Age: 78).

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