Computer history - 2004

Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2004

Mark Zuckerberg launched Thefacebook on February 4, 2004, which later became Facebook.


Google announced Gmail on April 1, 2004. Many people take it as an April Fools' Day joke.

Ubuntu was first released on October 20, 2004.

Blizzard's World of Warcraft game, the most popular and successful MMORPG was released on November 23, 2004.

Other computer events in 2004

MySpace official site was launched in January 2004.

Google jumps into the Social Networking with the release of Orkut in January 2004.

The MyDoom computer virus with 250,000 infected computer began to DoS attack the SCO site on February 1, 2004.

The Netsky computer worm appeared on February 18, 2004.

In February 2004 Google is now indexing six billion items, including 4.28 billion web pages and 880 million images.

WPA2 began being used in 2004.

The last official release of NEdit was in 2004.

The hacktivist group Anonymous was created on 4chan in 2004.

Roblox began being created in 2004.

Comcast purchased TechTV on March 25, 2004, to form G4TechTV.

Intel introduced XScale in 2004.

The Sasser computer worm appeared on April 30, 2004.

The Cabir aka SymbOS/Cabir virus and the first known cell phone virus was discovered on June 14, 2004, and was capable of spreading to other Symbian phones over Bluetooth.

Google opened their Googleplex headquarters in June 2004.

The first five reported killed in South Waziristan by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) on June 18, 2004.

COPPA went into effect on July 1, 2004.

Google's IPO (initial public offering) of 19,605,052 shares became available at $85 a share on August 18, 2004.

Google now has more than 100 domains.

The term grayware was coined in September 2004.

Internet site Yelp was launched on October 13, 2004.

The first release of Ubuntu was released on October 20, 2004.

Google now indexes 8 billion web pages.

QNX was sold to Harman in 2004.

New computer products and services introduced in 2004

Intel released the ATX 2.2 revision in February 2004.

Intel released the BTX 1.0a revision in February 2004.

VIA introduced the Mobile-ITX motherboard form factor in March 2004.

Intel released its first 64-bit processor, the Xeon Nocona.

AMD released Socket 939 architecture in June 2004.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.4 code-named Tiger at the WWDC on June 28, 2004.

AMD released the first Sempron processor on July 28, 2004, with a 1.5 GHz to 2.0 GHz clock speed and 166 MHz bus speed.

Apple introduced AirPlay in 2004.

Confluence was introduced by Atlassian in 2004.

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 was released on October 12, 2004.

Firefox 1.0 was first introduced on November 9, 2004.

Cave Story was released for PC in 2004.

Kodi was introduced in 2004.

Markdown was developed by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz, and first released in 2004.

Computer companies founded in 2004

Tilera was founded in October 2004.

Business Machines was founded in 2004.

FireEye was founded in 2004.

GrubHub was founded in 2004.

Mindtouch was founded in 2004.

Moz was founded in 2004.

The NFC Forum was founded in 2004.

NZXT was founded in 2004.

Promisec was founded in 2004.

Vimeo was founded in November 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein.

WidowPC was founded in 2004.

Computer company events in 2004

On January 30, 2004, Gateway Inc. announced plans to acquire eMachines Inc. for about $200 million.

The PC maker Gateway closed all its retail stores on April 2, 2004.

Lindows changed its name to Linspire on April 14, 2004.

Kelkea purchased the assets of MAPS.

Freescale is spun-off from Motorola.

Google acquired Picasa in 2004.

Google acquired Keyhole in October 2004, which later becomes Google Earth.

IBM sold its computing division to Lenovo Group for $1.75 billion on December 08, 2004.

Microsoft purchased the software developer GIANT Company Software, Inc. on December 16, 2004. The companies software would later become Windows Defender.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2004

Herman Goldstine

Herman Goldstine passed away on June 16, 2004 (Age: 91).

Bob Bemer passed away on June 22, 2004 (Age: 84).

Paul Cress passed away on August 20, 2004 (Age: 65).

Bob Evans passed away on September 2, 2004 (Age: 77).

Alain Glavieux passed away on September 24, 2004 (Age: 55).

Kenneth Iverson passed away on October 19, 2004 (Age: 83).

David Wheeler passed away on December 13, 2004 (Age: 77).

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