Computer history - 2005

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2005

YouTube was founded and came online on February 15, 2005.

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Apple announced it plans on switching its machines to Intel processors on June 6, 2005.

Reddit was launched on June 23, 2005.

Other computer events in 2005

Jeffrey Parson aka T33kid was convicted on January 1, 2005, for the Blaster computer worm.

The Megaupload online service was founded on March 21, 2005, by Kim Dotcom.

WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) was introduced on March 22, 2005.

NEC Displays becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC and drops the NEC/Mitsubishi name on March 31, 2005.

The Qi programming language was introduced in April 2005.

Leo Laporte started doing his show "This Week in Tech" on April 17, 2005.

The Mercurial version control system for software development was released on April 19, 2005.

The first YouTube video entitled "Me at the zoo" was uploaded on April 23, 2005, by Jawed Karim.

Mobilinux for smartphones was announced on April 25, 2005.

The Unity engine was released on June 8, 2005.

Microsoft announced its next operating system, code-named "Longhorn" would be named Windows Vista on July 23, 2005.

Google hires DARPA veteran Vint Cerf in September 2005 to carry on his quest for a global open Internet.

In September 2005, Soltek announced that they were no longer making motherboards and only dealing with computer peripherals.

Shop.org coined the phrase Cyber Monday in November 2005.

Maxtor acquired by Seagate Technology on December 21, 2005.

The site Dailymotion came online in 2005.

Linus Torvalds introduced Git in 2005.

Paradyne was acquired by Zhone Technologies in 2005.

The term selfie started to become popular in 2005.

Sun announces its intentions on moving away from the proprietary nature of Solaris and release most of its code base under the CDDL license and release Solaris under the new name OpenSolaris.

Yahoo! acquired Ludicorp in 2005.

ZFS was released as an open-source component of OpenSolaris in 2005.

New computer products and services introduced in 2005

Apple introduced the Mac Mini on January 11, 2005.

The first issue of Retro Gamer was January 2005.

Google Maps was launched on February 8, 2005.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9.0) was released on April 4, 2005.

Version 1.0 of Damn Small Linux was first released on April 13, 2005.

AMD released their first dual-core processor, the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (2.0 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache per core), on April 21, 2005.

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition was released on April 24, 2005.

Apple released VoiceOver, a screen reader utility for the visually impaired, on April 29, 2005.

Google purchased Urchin in April 2005 and later releases the product as Google Analytics.

Google introduces its personalized homepage in May 2005, which was known as iGoogle. The service was later discontinued.

Kijiji was introduced in May 2005.

The Opera Mini browser was introduced on August 10, 2005.

The Pandora Internet Radio service was launched on August 25, 2005.

The chat service Meebo was released in September 2005.

Google released Google Analytics in November 2005.

OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) was introduced on November 16, 2005.

Microsoft released the Xbox 360, the second generation of their popular game console on November 22, 2005.

Adobe first released Adobe Bridge in 2005.

AMD (with their Opteron ) and Intel both release their first versions of a dual-core processor in 2005.

FreeNAS was introduced in 2005.

Krita was initially released in 2005.

Kubuntu was introduced in 2005.

OpenOffice.org 2.0 was released in 2005.

The Smart Folder was introduced to macOS in 2005.

Verizon introduced FiOS high-speed Internet service in 2005.

uTorrent was released in 2005.

The online computer game Defense of the Ancients was released in 2005.

LibriVox was founded in 2005.

Maxthon, Ltd. released the Maxthon Internet browser.

A wheelie bin or trash can marked out by a X with a bold underline symbol was introduced by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive for products manufactured after 2005. The symbol indicates the product should not be thrown away, but instead should be sent back to the manufacturer for disposal. The directive is an European community directive was first created in 2002 as a way to help deal with the environmental impacts of electronic waste.

Discontinued products and services in 2005

IBM officially announced on July 14, 2005, that all sales of OS/2 would end on December 23, 2005, and that all support from IBM for OS/2 would end on December 16, 2005.

Computer companies founded in 2005

Etsy was founded on June 18, 2005.

Automattic was founded in 2005 by Matt Mullenweg.

Box was founded in 2005 by Aaron Levie.

Carbonite was founded in 2005.

Data Robotics was founded in 2005.

iHome was founded in 2005.

Mozy was founded in 2005.

Noctua was established in 2005.

OpenDrive was founded by Stuttgart and VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH in 2005.

TeamViewer was founded in 2005.

Techcrunch was founded in 2005.

Y Combinator began operation in 2005.

Computer company events in 2005

SBC announced it would purchase AT&T for more than $16 billion on January 31, 2005.

Comcast G4TechTV dropped the TechTV part of their name to become G4 in February 2005.

Google acquired Urchin in March 2005, which later becomes Google Analytics.

Avid acquired Pinnacle Systems, Inc. on March 21, 2005.

Yahoo! announced that it would acquire the popular photo service Flickr on March 21, 2005.

Sun agreed to acquire Procom Technology for $50 million in cash on May 9, 2005.

Eidos was taken over by SCi Entertainment on May 16, 2005.

On June 1, 2005, PCChips announced that announced it would merge with ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc.).

On June 11, 2005, FingerWorks declared that it had gone out of business.

MySpace was purchased by News Corporation for $580 million on July 18, 2005.

Google acquired Android on August 17, 2005.

On September 12, 2005, eBay acquired Skype for approximately $2.6 billion.

ScanSoft acquired by and renamed to Nuance on October 18, 2005.

Adobe completed its acquisition of Macromedia that included products such as Dreamweaver and Flash on December 3, 2005.

Yahoo! bought del.icio.us for $20 million on December 12, 2005.

Maxtor was acquired by Seagate Technology on December 21, 2005.

Ahead Software changes its name to Nero in 2005.

Canopus went out of business in 2005.

Clickworker was found in 2005.

Lenovo completed the acquisition of IBM's Personal Computing Division in 2005.

Nextel Communications merged with Sprint in 2005.

Sierra Entertainment integrates other companies including High Moon Studios, Massive Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, and Swordfish Studios into its division in 2005.

StorageTek was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2005.

Computer-related movies released in 2005

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released on May 19, 2005.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2005

Ralph Slutz

Ralph Slutz passed away in 2005 (Age: 88).

Jef Raskin passed away on February 26, 2005 (Age: 61).

Leonid Khachiyan passed away on April 29, 2005 (Age: 53).

George Dantzig passed away on May 13, 2005 (Age: 91).

Eiichi Goto passed away on June 12, 2005 (Age: 74).

Jack Kilby passed away on June 20, 2005 (Age: 82).

Ralph Palmer passed away on October 20, 2005 (Age: 96).

John Diebold passed away on December 26, 2005 (Age: 79).

Forrest Parry passed away on December 31, 2005 (Age 84).

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