Computer History - 2004

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2004

Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook February 4, 2004, which later becomes Facebook.

GmailGoogle announces Gmail on April 1, 2004. Many people take it as an April Fools joke.

Ubuntu is first released on October 20, 2004.

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

Other computer events in 2004

MySpace official site is launched 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 begin to DoS attack the SCO site February 1, 2004.

The Netsky computer worm appears 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 begins being used.

The last official release of NEdit is in 2004.

The hacktivist group Anonymous is created on 4chan.

Roblox begins being created.

Comcast purchases TechTV March 25, 2004 to form G4TechTV.

Intel introduces XScale.

The Sasser computer worm appears on April 30, 2004.

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

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

COPPA goes into effect July 1, 2004.

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

Google now has more than 100 domains.

The term Grayware is coined in September of 2004.

Internet site Yelp is launched on October 13, 2004.

The first release of Ubuntu is released October 20, 2004.

Google now indexes 8 billion web pages.

New computer products and services introduced in 2004

Intel releases the ATX 2.2 revision in February 2004.

Intel releases the BTX 1.0a revision in February 2004.

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

Intel releases its first 64-bit processor the Xeon Nocona.

AMD releases Socket 939 architecture in June of 2004.

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

AMD releases 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 introduces AirPlay.

Confluence is introduced by Atlassian.

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

Firefox 1.0 is first introduced on November 9, 2004.

Cave Story is released for PC in 2004.

Computer companies founded in 2004

Tilera is founded in October of 2004.

Business Machines is founded.

Grubhub is founded.

The NFC forum is founded.

NZXT is founded.

Vimeo is founded in November by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein.

WidowPC is founded.

Computer company events in 2004

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

PC Maker Gateway closes all its retail stores April 2, 2004.

Lindows changes it's name to Linspire April 14, 2004.

Kelkea purchases the assets of MAPS.

Freescale is spun-off from Motorola.

Google acquires Picasa.

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

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

Microsoft purchases 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 GoldstineHerman Goldstine passes away June 16, 2004 (Age: 91)

Bob Bemer passes away June 22, 2004 (Age: 84)

Paul Cress passes away August 20, 2004 (Age: 65)

Bob Evans passes away September 2, 2004 (Age: 77)

Alain Glavieux passes away September 24, 2004 (Age: 55)

Kenneth Iverson passes away October 19, 2004 (Age:83)

David Wheeler passes away December 13, 2004 (Age: 77)

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