Computer history - 2003

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2003

Apple opened the iTunes store on April 28, 2003.

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Android 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 miniSD was first introduced to the market by SanDisk in March 2003, at CeBIT.

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.

AVC was officially approved 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.

EVD (enhanced versatile disc) standard was announced on November 18, 2003, as a planned replacement for DVD.

Notepad++ was first released on November 24, 2003 by developer Dan Ho, and is still in active development.

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.

C# language became an ISO standard in 2003.

COMDEX ceased operation in 2003.

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 RRD (removable rigid disk) on August 12, 2003.

Cool Edit Pro is released on August 18, 2003, the program would later be renamed to Adobe Audition.

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.

Adobe Premiere Pro was released 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.

Microsoft released Excel 2003 in 2003.

Microsoft released Word 2003 in 2003.

Fedora Linux ws introduced on November 6, 2003.

ImageShack came online in November 2003.

Pirate Bay came online in November 2003.

Inkscape was released on November 2, 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.

DragonFly BSD was introduced in 2003.

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

4chan came online on October 1, 2003.

802.11i was introduced with WPA encryption in 2003.

Jitsi is released in 2003 by Emil Love.

Margi became part of QNX, and independent operation of Harman International in 2003.

The RoHS, RoHS compliant, or RoHS with a check mark symbol is introduced for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. It was adopted by the European Union in 2003.

Scala is introduced in 2003.

SELinux was formally incorporated into the Linux kernel in 2003.

Vegas Pro is first released by Sonic Foundry in 2003.

The Sony digital XDCAM was introduced in 2003.

Beta version of XQuartz is first released in 2003.

Discontinued products and services in 2003

In 2003, Red Hat discontinued development of Red Hat Linux and switched their development focus to RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux).

Computer companies and foundations founded in 2003

Acronis was founded in 2003 by Serguei Beloussov.

Barracuda was founded in 2003.

E-Tech was founded in 2003.

Gumstix was founded in 2003.

Linode was founded in 2003.

LogMeIn was founded in 2003 by Martin Anka and Michael K. Simon.

MySpace was founded in July 2003.

NComputing was founded in 2003.

OnLive a cloud virtualization services company founded in 2003.

Purch was founded in 2003.

Shutterstock was founded in 2003.

Silicon Power Computer & Communications was founded in 2003.

SilverStone Technology was founded in 2003.

Wikimedia Foundation was founded in 2003.

Wondershare was founded in 2003 by Tobee Wu.

Computer company events in 2003

Connectix for the Connectix Virtual PC software and VHD (virtual hard disk) is purchased by Microsoft on February 19, 2003, and renamed the product Microsoft Virtual PC.

Google acquired Blogger on February 17, 2003.

Cisco Systems, Inc. announced on March 20, 2003 its intent to purchase Linksys for $500 million in stock.

Infogrames adopts the legendary brand name of Atari on May 7, 2003 for its global commercial operations.

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

GeCAD Software announced a definite agreement with Microsoft in acquiring GeCAD's antivirus technology on June 10, 2003.

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

Palm acquired Handspring in June 2003.

Pinnacle acquired Dazzle consumer video editing business from SCM Microsystems for approximately $21.5 million in July 2003.

NVIDIA acquires MediaQ, Inc. on August 4, 2003, a leader in graphics technology for mobile devices.

Oak Technology was acquired by Zoran on August 11, 2003.

Symantec to acquire PowerQuest and Drive Image for $150 million on September 23, 2003.

Sophos bought antispam vendor ActiveState for $23 million on September 24, 2003.

Best Data purchases the rights to Diamond Multimedia from SONICblue on October 28, 2003.

Systran was acquired by Curtiss-Wright Controls in December 2003.

CenDyne closes its doors in 2003.

ESS Technologies acquired Divo, Inc. for $27.1 million in cash in 2003.

GT Interactive is acquired by the company Infogrames in 2003, which later became part of the Atari brand.

As of July 2003, Virgin Interactive now runs under Avalon Interactive.

Tally and Genicom merge to form TallyGenicom in 2003.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2003

Georgii Lopato

Georgii 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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