Computer history - 2006

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2006


jQuery was first introduced on January 26, 2006.

Twttr, now known as Twitter was officially launched on July 15, 2006.

Apple introduced the first Mac Pro on August 7, 2006.

Google announced plans to purchase YouTube for $1.65 billion on October 9, 2006.

Other computer events in 2006

The Blu-ray was first announced and introduced at the 2006 CES on January 4, 2006.

On January 27, 2006, Western Union in the United States discontinued all telegram and commercial messaging services.

On March 2, 2006, Wikipedia volunteers created the article that passed the 1,000,000 article mark.

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, posts the first Twitter post "Just setting up my twttr" on his account on March 21, 2006.

Toshiba released the first HD DVD player in Japan on March 31, 2006.

On August 6, 2006, MySpace announced its 106 millionth account was created. opened AWS in 2006.

The Walt Disney Company purchases Pixar for $7.4 billion and makes Steve Jobs Disney's largest shareholder.

Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users.

Intel announces it is stopping all future development of the BTX motherboard form factor.

The GIF standard and pictures become officially free on October 1, 2006.

U.S. President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law on October 26, 2006. The law gives law enforcement reduced restrictions on searching telephone, e-mail, and other forms of communication and records.

Microsoft introduced exFAT in November 2006.

TIME magazine names "You" as the person of the year on December 13, 2006, with the continued growth and success of community-driven websites and content.

The software suite for Windows known as Emergency Repair Disk Commander (ERD Commander) has its name changed to the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT).

New computer products and services introduced in 2006

On January 5, 2006, Intel introduced the Intel Core and Viiv.

Google introduced Picasa in 2006.

Apple announced Boot Camp, which allows users to run Microsoft Windows XP on their computers on April 5, 2006.

Google launched Google Calendar in April 2006.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E6320 (4 M cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on April 22, 2006.

AMD released Socket AM2 architecture in May 2006.

Apple released the MacBook on May 16, 2006.

Toshiba released the first HD DVD player in a computer with the introduction of the Toshiba Qosmio 35 on May 16, 2006.

Xubuntu was released in June 2006.

BitTorrent Inc. released Cache Discovery Protocol on June 22, 2006.

AMD announced its acquisition of ATI on July 24, 2006.

Hong Jen Lee introduced LXDE in 2006.

Intel introduced the Intel Core 2 Duo processors with the Core 2 Duo processor E6300 (2 MB cache, 1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on July 27, 2006.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme was first released on July 29, 2006.

Chi Mei Optoelectronics announced the first WQHD LCD in fall of 2006.

Intel introduced the Intel Core 2 Duo processors for the laptop computer with the Core 2 Duo processor T5500, and other Core 2 Duo T series processors in August 2006.

AMD introduced the Socket F CPU socket on August 15, 2006.

The Microsoft XNA tool set was released on August 30, 2006.

Apple introduced the iTV (now known as the Apple TV) on September 12, 2006.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 was introduced on October 18, 2006.

Google launched its Custom Search Engine service on October 23, 2006.

Microsoft released Windows Defender on October 24, 2006.

Sony released the PlayStation 3 on November 11, 2006.

On November 14, 2006, Microsoft released its portable Zune media player.

Nintendo released the Wii on November 19, 2006.

Garry's Mod was made available on Steam on November 29, 2006.

Microsoft released Microsoft Windows Vista to corporations on November 30, 2006.

Google introduced patent search on December 13, 2006, which searches over 7 million patents.

Mint Linux was introduced in 2006.

FreeMap Israel, now known as Waze, was released in 2006.

The Prime update was applied to the Haskell programming language.

Computer companies founded in 2006

Funambol was founded in 2006.

Pure Digital Technologies was founded in 2006.

Riot Games was founded in 2006.

Shopify started in 2006.

Wix was started in 2006.

Zotac was founded in 2006.

Computer company events in 2006

Yahoo! announced it would acquire the Webjay music playlist service on January 9, 2006.

Google announced the acquisition of Writely in March 2006, which brings the beginning of Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Drive on March 9, 2006.

McAfee bought SiteAdvisor in 2006.

Dell purchased Alienware on May 8, 2006.

In June 2006, SBS was acquired by GE Embedded Systems.

Microsoft acquired Winternals Software on July 18, 2006.

On August 28, 2006, Corel announced its plans to acquire InterVideo.

Hewlett Packard announced its plans to purchase the PC maker VoodooPC on September 28, 2006.

EICON purchased the Media & Signalling Division of Intel in October 2006.

Google acquired JotSpot on October 31, 2006, which later became Google Sites.

Google discontinued its Google Answers service in 2006.

The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar for $7.4 billion, a deal that makes Steve Jobs Disney's largest shareholder.

Tandberg Data acquired Exabyte in 2006.

Aspire International changed its name to Apevia in 2006.

Computer-related TV shows released in 2006

The first episode of the IT Crowd was aired on February 3, 2006.

The Belgian documentary Technocalyps was released in May 2006.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2006

Enid Mumford

Enid Mumford passed away on April 7, 2006 (Age: 82).

Kathleen Antonelli passed away on April 20, 2006 (Age: 85).

Alan Kotok passed away on May 26, 2006 (Age: 65).

William Norris passed away on August 21, 2006 (Age: 95).

Bernard Galler passed away on September 4, 2006 (Age: 78).

Ralph Griswold passed away on October 4, 2006 (Age: 72).

Raymond Noorda passed away on October 9, 2006 (Age: 82).

Alan F. Shugart passed away on December 12, 2006 (Age: 76).

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