Computer history - 2008

Updated: 03/12/2022 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2008

Google Android logo

On September 23, 2008, T-Mobile launched the G1 (HTC Dream), the first smartphone to use Google's new operating system for mobile devices, Android version 1.0.

Apple launched the App Store, a software market for iOS devices.

On October 11, 2008, Google launched Android Market, an online software market for Android devices. It would later be combined with two other Google markets (Google Music and Google eBookstore) to become Google Play.

Google released the first public version of the Chrome web browser on December 11, 2008.

Other computer events in 2008

NVIDIA launched the first Tegra mobile processor, the Tegra APX 2500 on February 12, 2008.

The HD player war came to an end when HD DVD called it quits, making Blu-ray the victor on February 19, 2008.

The National Cybersecurity Center was founded in March 2008.

Amazon acquired Audible for $300 million in March 2008.

Netscape, 1994-2008.

AOL ended support for the Netscape Internet browser on March 1, 2008.

Intel announced the Atom family of low-voltage CPUs on March 2, 2008.

The video streaming service Hulu, owned by NBC, was launched on March 12, 2008.

IBM launched their 115,000-square-foot "greenest" data center in Boulder, Colorado on June 17, 2008.

The ATSC approved H.264 to be broadcast over television in July 2008.

On August 14, 2008, the W32.Gammima.AG worm snuck itself onto the International space station and became the first known computer virus to travel into space.

Computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock was awarded the National Medal of Science on September 29, 2008, for his contributions to packet switching, ARPANET, and the development of the Internet.

On June 30, 2008, technology publisher CNET was acquired by CBS Interactive for $1.8 billion.

Iona Technologies was acquired by Progress Software in 2008.

Polaroid discontinued their instant film cameras in 2008 when digital cameras took over.

Sigmatel was purchased by Freescale Semiconductor in 2008.

SteelSeries acquired Ideazon in 2008.

Wi-Fi Direct was created in 2008.

New computer products and services introduced in 2008

Microsoft released the WWT (Worldwide Telescope), an application for viewing astronomical data, on February 27, 2008.

Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 on February 27, 2008.

DirecTV launched the DXI satellite in March 2008.

Intel Q9300 Core 2 Quad CPU.

Intel released the Core 2 Quad processor Q9300 and the Core 2 Quad processor Q9450 in March 2008.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E4700 (2 MB cache, 2.60 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) on March 2, 2008.

AMD released the first Phenom X3 processors (2 MB cache, 2.1 GHz to 2.5 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on March 27, 2008.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo E7200 (3 MB cache, 2.53 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on April 20, 2008.

Google released the Google Cloud Platform in April 2008.

Apple released the iPhone 3G and MobileMe on June 9, 2008.

The iOS App Store was launched on July 10, 2008.

Hyper-V was released by Microsoft on July 26, 2008.

Intel released the Core 2 Quad processor Q8200, the Core 2 Quad processor Q9400, and the Core 2 Quad processor Q9650 in August 2008.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7300 (3 MB cache, 2.66 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on August 10, 2008.

Apple introduced its latest line of Apple iMac computers on August 28, 2008.

Google released the beta version of Chrome on September 2, 2008.

Wayland was first released in September 2008.

Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, was proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto in October 2008.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 (11.0) was released on October 15, 2008.

Arduino released the Duemilanove on October 18, 2008.

Intel released the Core2 Duo processor E7400 (3 MB cache, 2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on October 19, 2008.

Google introduced Google Market on October 22, 2008. The service later became the Google Play Store (app store).

On November 12, 2008, USB 3.0 was released, allowing for data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps.

Intel released the first Core i7 desktop processors in November 2008: the i7-920, the i7-940, and the i7-965 Extreme Edition.

The e-learning platform Canvas was released in 2008.

Microsoft released Excel 2008 for Mac in 2008.

Microsoft released Word 2008 for Mac in 2008.

The Gaikai cloud gaming service was founded in November 2008.

3GPP announced the first standard for LTE networks.

The BeagleBoard was introduced in 2008.

Google Forms was released in 2008.

Hootsuite was first released in 2008.

The programming language Reia was first introduced in 2008.

The Life360 smartphone app was introduced in 2008.

MagicJack was first introduced in 2008.

Microsoft released the first iteration of the Arc Mouse in 2008.

Nimrod (later renamed Nim) was introduced in 2008.

Savefrom.net came online in 2008.

Tarsnap began being developed in 2008.

The Shazam app was released in 2008.

The Apple macOS feature Time Machine was introduced in 2008.

The optimization software named Bleachbit was released in 2008.

Computer companies founded in 2008

GitHub was founded in April 2008.

Airbnb was founded in August 2008.

Asana was founded in 2008.

GELID Solutions was founded in 2008 by Gebhard Scherrer and VC Tran.

Instructure was founded by Brian Whitmer and Daley in 2008.

LastPass is introduced in 2008 by Marvasol.

Livedrive was founded in December 2008 by Andrew Michael.

Spotify was introduced in 2008.

Espressif was founded in 2008.

Telikin was founded in 2008.

Computer company events in 2008

Acer officially acquired Packard Bell on January 31, 2008.

Nokia acquired Symbian, and the majority of Symbian OS's source code is released under the open-source EPL (Eclipse Public License). In 2011, the source was placed under the proprietary Nokia Symbian License.

XM and Sirius completed their merger and began broadcasting both services as one November 12, 2008.

EMC announced it would acquire Iomega on April 8, 2008.

Linspire was acquired by the Xandros, Inc. company on July 2, 2008.

Activision announced it had agreed to a merger with Blizzard on July 8, 2008, to form Activision Blizzard, a deal estimated at $18.9 billion.

On September 11, 2008, Sony announced it took over NEC's 45% share, making Optiarc a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, to be called Sony Optiarc.

Infogrames completed its takeover of Atari Inc. on October 9, 2008.

Tweeter filed for bankruptcy in November 2008.

Universal ABIT was officially closed on December 31, 2008, and cease to exist on January 1, 2009.

Activision announced Sierra was closed and up for sale in 2008.

Gericom was bought by Quanmax in 2008.

In 2008, Vivitar became a brand of Sakar International, Inc.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2008

Joshua Lederberg

Joshua Lederberg passed away on February 2, 2008 (Age: 73).

Joseph Weizenbaum passed away on March 5, 2008 (Age: 85).

Arthur C. Clark passed away on March 19, 2008 (Age: 91).

Morgan Sparks passed away on May 3, 2008 (Age: 91).

Arthur Walter Burks passed away on May 14, 2008 (Age: 93).

Randy Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008 (Age: 47).

Edwin Turney passed away on October 15, 2008 (Age: 79).

Oliver Selfridge passed away on December 3, 2008 (Age: 82).

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