Computer history - 2007

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2007

Apple iPhone

Apple announced the iPhone with iOS on January 9, 2007, and it was later shown to the public on January 29, 2007, at the Macworld Conference & Expo.

Other computer events in 2007

The ISO changed the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to 13 digits in January 2007.

Apple announced on January 1, 2007, that it would drop "computer" from its name as it became a company that deals with more than computers.

Apple released the first Apple TV on January 9, 2007.

In early 2007, Asia experienced several earthquakes that damaged undersea cables that caused wide Internet and phone-related issues in that part of the world.

The Storm Worm, also called Peacomm and Nuwar, infected up to 10 million computers, and links to download the virus were found in over 200 million e-mails. Infected computers became part of a botnet and connected with 30 other computers to form the botnet. The Storm Worm was first detected on January 17, 2007, and accounted for 8% of all virus infections worldwide by January 22, 2007.

In February 2007, the NISCC merged with the NSAC (National Security Advice Centre), creating the CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure). CPNI continued to promote WARP (Warning, Advice and Reporting Point) in the UK after 2007.

Estonia became the first country to conduct an election over the Internet on March 4, 2007.

Justin Kan began live streaming his life 24/7 on March 19, 2007, on the website

Apple announced it would sell DRM-free songs on April 2, 2007.

VIA introduced the Pico-ITX motherboard form factor in April 2007.

Google released Google Trends on May 22, 2007.

Google released Google Street View on May 25, 2007, allowing visitors of Google Maps to view an area as if they were on the street.

On June 23, 2007, NVIDIA announced CUDA, a parallel processing architecture for its entire line of GPUs. As of 2019, NVIDIA processors have as many as 5,000+ CUDA cores on a single video card.

DDR3 SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random-access memory) began selling in June 2007.

The Apple iPhone jailbreaking method was introduced to the public on July 10, 2007.

Apple acquired the CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) code rights on July 13, 2007.

The Internet domain name was sold on July 26, 2007, to R.H. Donnelley for $345 million.

On August 2, 2007, the US government announced SWORDS (special weapons observation remote reconnaissance direct action system) robots had been deployed in Iraq. These robots became the first armed gun robots to be remotely controlled by humans; each robot was equipped with an M249 machine gun.

On September 12, 2007, QNX Software Systems announced that the QNX source code would be released as a new hybrid software licensing combining the best of open source and commercial software.

Microsoft renamed its SMS (systems management server) to SCCM (system center configuration manager) in November 2007.

The OLPC (one laptop per child) began being developed and shipped in November 2007

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was inducted into the California Hall of Fame on December 5, 2007.

Intel introduced NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) in 2007.

Iwill website went offline in 2007.

Albert Gonzalez and others began to attack the Heartland Payment Systems on December 26, 2007.

The Clojure programming language was created by Rich Hickey.

Development of the Go programming language began at Google.

Soltek's website went offline in 2007. With no online information, we assume the company is no longer in business.

The WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) method of connecting a wireless device was introduced in 2007.

New computer products and services introduced in 2007

AMD introduced quad-core technology for its Opteron line of processors.

Amazon Music was released.

The Alpine e-mail client was introduced.

Lenovo 110s netbook

The netbook was introduced in 2007.

AMD released the DTX motherboard form factor in January 2007.

Intel released the Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8 MB cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) in January 2007.

Intel released the Core2 Duo Processor E4300 (2 MB cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) on January 21, 2007.

VirtualBox was released on January 17, 2007.

Microsoft released Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 to the general public on January 30, 2007.

Trisquel GNU/Linux was released on January 30, 2007.

IBM introduced a version of Lotus Symphony based on 1.0.

Yahoo! released Yahoo! Pipes on February 7, 2007.

Linux 2.6.20 was the first operating system based on the Linux kernel to include KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and was released in February 2007.

The RoHS symbol was first used on March 1, 2007, representing the product meets China's obligations. The symbol is two arrows going in a circle with a 20 in the middle of the circle.

Adobe introduced Adobe AIR on March 19, 2007.

Intel released the Core 2 Quad Processor Q6700 (8 MB cache, 2.67 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) in April 2007.

Google My Maps was released in April 2007.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 (10.0) was released on April 16, 2007.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo Processor E4400 (2 MB cache, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) on April 22, 2007.

Data Robotics introduced the Drobo in June 2007.

Heroku began operating in June 2007.

AMD renamed the Athlon 64 X2 processor line to Athlon X2 and released the first in that line, the Brisbane series (1.9 to 2.6 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache), on June 1, 2007.

Apple released the Apple iPhone to the public on June 29, 2007.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo Processor E4500 (2 MB cache, 2.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) on July 22, 2007.

SoundCloud was established in Berlin, Germany, in August 2007.

Portal was released by Valve Corporation on October 9, 2007. Available through Valve's Steam and as a standalone product, the game won many awards, including Game of the Year, Best Puzzle Game for PC (personal computer), and Most Innovative Design. Time magazine included the game in its list of 100 greatest video games of all time in November 2012. Wired also recognized Portal as one of the most influential games of the 21st century.

Google Android logo

Google released Android on November 5, 2007.

Microsoft released Family Safety to the public on November 6, 2007. released the first Kindle in the United States on November 19, 2007.

AMD released the first Phenom X4 processors (2 MB cache, 1.8 GHz to 2.6 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on November 19, 2007.

On October 10, 2007, Valve released TF2 (Team Fortress 2).

Intel released the Core 2 Duo Processor E4600 (2 MB cache, 2.40 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) on October 21, 2007.

Apple introduced macOS X 10.5, code-named Leopard, on October 26, 2007.

Microsoft released Excel 2007 in 2007.

Adobe Lightroom was developed in 2007.

The music streaming platform Bandcamp was released in 2007.

Btrfs was developed at Oracle in 2007.

FireWire S800T (IEEE-1394c), which provides 800 Mbps data transfer rate using the same connection as a Cat 5e cable, was released in June 2007.

Greenshot was released in 2007.

Micro-USB was announced in 2007.

The ooVoo application and service was introduced 2007.

Plex began development in 2007.

The Snapdragon processor was introduced in November 2007.

FireWire S1600 and S3200, capable of data transfer speeds of 1.57 Gbps and 3.14 Gbps, respectively, were announced in December 2007.

The terminal multiplexer tmux was released in 2007.

Dell released the XPS 720, XPS 420, XPS One 20, XPS One 24, XPS M1730, XPS M1530, and XPS M1330 in 2007.

Discontinued products and services in 2007

Dell discontinued the Dell Dimension series of computers on April 9, 2007.

Microsoft discontinued the development and distribution of Microsoft Works in September 2007, with Works 9.0 being the last version developed.

The Intel 80386 stopped being produced in September 2007.

On November 26, 2007, Computer Hope published its last newsletter.

Microsoft released the SP2 patch for FoxPro version 9.0 in 2007. The last update for FoxPro.

Computer companies founded in 2007

ACube Systems was founded in January 2007.

Jimdo was started in February 2007.

Tumblr was launched on April 27, 2007.

Fitbit was founded on May 1, 2007, by Eric Friedman and James Park.

Zynga was founded in July 2007.

Cristie Software was founded in 2007.

Dropbox logo

Dropbox was founded in 2007.

Fractal Design was founded in 2007 by Hannes Wallin.

Heroku was founded in 2007.

Indiegogo launched in 2007.

Phanteks was founded in 2007.

Realm Computers was founded in 2007.

Roccat was founded in 2007 by René Korte.

Scribd was founded in 2007.

Secure Data Recovery Services was founded in 2007.

Weebly was founded in 2007.

iTel was founded in 2007.

Ecobee was founded in 2007.

Zendesk was founded in 2007.

Computer company events in 2007

SCO (Caldera) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2007.

In September 2007, Mad Catz acquired Joytech.

The Interactive Game Group acquired the MicroProse brand from Atari Interactive Inc. on December 27, 2007.

GiQuila changed its name to Vivante in 2007.

Google announced it would purchase DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cash in 2007.

Gaim changed its name to Pidgin.

IBM acquired Cognos, a Canadian software company specializing in business intelligence.

Acer completed its acquisition of Gateway in 2007.

EPoX went out of business in 2007.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2007

Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross passed away on January 21, 2007 (Age: 78).

Jean Ichbiah passed away on January 26, 2007 (Age: 67).

James Gray passed away on January 28, 2007 (Age: 63).

Robert Adler passed away on February 15, 2007 (Age: 93).

John Backus passed away on March 17, 2007 (Age: 83).

Karen Jones passed away on April 4, 2007 (Age: 71).

Theodore Maiman passed away on May 5, 2007 (Age: 80).

Donald Michie passed away on July 7, 2007 (Age: 84).

Per Hansen passed away on July 31, 2007 (Age: 68).

Winifred Asprey passed away on October 19, 2007 (Age: 90).

David Morse passed away on November 2, 2007 (Age: 64).

Gene Golub passed away on November 16, 2007 (Age: 75).

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