Computer history - 2005

Updated: 12/26/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2005

YouTube was founded and came online on February 14, 2005.

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

Reddit was launched on June 23, 2005.

2005 computer and technology top terms

The following are some top computer and technology-related terms in alphabetical order that were introduced or popularized 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 in January 2005.

Google Maps was launched on February 8, 2005.

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

Apple released Spotlight in April 2005.

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

AMD released its 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.

Guild Wars was released by NCsoft on April 26, 2005. Guild Wars does not require a subscription to play, but instead, players purchase episodes, providing unlimited online play for that episode. By April 2009, NCsoft reported that about six million game copies were sold worldwide.

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

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

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

Kijiji was introduced in May 2005.

MicroSD was developed by SanDisk and approved as a standard on July 13, 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.

The social bookmarking service Google Bookmarks from Google launched on October 10, 2005.

The OLPC (one laptop per child) was released to the public on November 16, 2005.

Google released Google Analytics in November 2005.

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

Adobe released Adobe Bridge in 2005.

AMD (with its Opteron) and Intel both released the first versions of a dual-core processor in 2005.

FreeNAS was introduced in 2005.

IBM introduced the IBM System z9 mainframe in July 2005.

IBM z/VSE was released in 2005.

Krita was released in 2005.

Kubuntu was introduced in 2005. 2.0 was released in 2005.

The Smart Folder was introduced to macOS in 2005.

Verizon introduced FiOS (Fiber Optic Service) 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.

The term selfie was coined by the photographer Jim Krause in his 2005 book Photo Idea Index.

Dell released the XPS 200, XPS 400, XPS 600, XPS Gen 5, XPS Gen 4, XPS Gen 2, XPS M170, and XPS M140 in 2005.

A wheelie bin or trash can marked out by an X with a bold underlined symbol was introduced by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive for products manufactured after 2005. The symbol indicates the product should not be discarded but returned to the manufacturer for disposal. The directive was a European community directive created in 2002 to help deal with the environmental impacts of electronic waste.

Computer and technology-related events in 2005

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

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

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

NEC Displays became a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC and dropped 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, "Me at the zoo," was uploaded by Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005.

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 hired DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) veteran Vint Cerf in September 2005 to carry on his quest for a global open Internet.

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

The Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $15m to the Computer History Museum on October 17, 2005.

The blog TorrentFreak came online on November 12, 2005. coined the phrase Cyber Monday in November 2005.

The site Dailymotion came online in 2005.

BlogHer had its first conference in 2005.

Adobe acquired Fireworks from Macromedia in 2005.

Java Champions was first held by Sun at the 2005 JavaOne conference.

Computers with HPET (high precision event timer) began getting released.

Linus Torvalds introduced Git in 2005.

In 2005, NetDay merged into Project Tomorrow.

Paradyne was acquired by Zhone Technologies in 2005.

Sun announced its intentions to move away from the proprietary nature of Solaris and released most of its code base under the CDDL license. The new release Solaris would be named OpenSolaris.

NTT DOCOMO began research and development into the LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology in 2005.

Oracle originally announced its Fusion applications in 2005, but due to delays in the development process, the Fusion applications were released in 2011.

ROBLOX went public in 2005.

Yahoo! acquired Ludicorp in 2005.

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

At the end of 2005, over 1.6 billion GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) subscribers were in over 200 different countries.

Google announced it would be increasing the storage of Gmail for users from 1 GB to 2 GB.

The Security Now podcast launched in 2005 by Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson.

The world's foremost supercomputing authority named IBM's Blue Gene/L, the most powerful supercomputer, with a sustained performance of 280.6 teraflops.

Pepe the Frog was introduced in 2005 in comic Boy's Club.

Computer companies and organizations founded in 2005

GAIA was incorporated in April 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.

Ingenic Semiconductor was founded in 2005.

Masthead Studios 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.

Verifi 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 its name to become "G4" in February 2005.

Google acquired Urchin in March 2005, which became 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 it would merge with ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc.).

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

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

Google acquired Android on August 17, 2005.

In August 2005, The WELL was purchased by the Salon Media Group.

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

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

In October 2005, Chaintech renamed itself to Walton Chaintech Corporation.

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

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

Seagate Technology acquired Maxtor on December 21, 2005.

Ahead Software changed its name to Nero in 2005.

Canopus went out of business in 2005.

Clickworker was founded in 2005.

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

Nextel Communications merged with Sprint in 2005.

Palit Microsystems purchased Gainward in 2005.

Sierra Entertainment integrated 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.

Hitachi became the wholly owned subsidiary of IBM's hard drive division at the end of 2005.

CyberDrive went out of business in 2005.

Computer-related TV shows and movies released in 2005

BBS: The Documentary was released in May 2005. The documentary was done by Jason Scott, and talked to people about the BBS (bulletin board system).

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

Discontinued products and services in 2005

On July 14, 2005, IBM officially announced 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 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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