Computer history - 2009

Updated: 06/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2009


A person under the fake name of Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the Internet currency Bitcoin on January 3, 2009.

Other computer events in 2009

In January 2009, the UK based site announces that 4.5 million people's demographic information was obtained by hackers.

Maksym Yastremski was sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison on January 8, 2009, for his involvement in computer hacking and selling stolen credit and debit cards.

The Moonshot Factory began development on the Waymo project on January 17, 2009.


The Kickstarter service and website start on April 28, 2009.

The analog TV signal began to be phased out as broadcasts moved to high-definition on June 12, 2009.

Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009. The news of his death causes many of the biggest sites on the Internet to crash. Also, Google believed it is under a DDoS attack resulting in a block on all searches relating to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes.


After more than five years in beta, Gmail was formally released on July 7, 2009.

Google announced the Google Chrome OS on July 7, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced a 10-year search deal where the Yahoo! search would be replaced by Bing.

Apple removed support for AppleTalk on August 28, 2009, with its introduction of macOS X v10.6, which also was the first version of the macOS that no longer supports PowerPC processors.

The SATA-IO (Serial ATA International Organization) announced Mini-SATA technology on September 21, 2009.

Steve Jobs was named CEO of the decade by Fortune Magazine on November 5, 2009.

USB 3.0 began being released in November 2009.

Palm introduced WebOS.

BlackBerry purchased the QNX operating system to create a new mobile platform.

Cassandra migrates from Facebook to Apache in as an Apache Incubator project.

Facebook overtakes MySpace in Internet traffic.

TPM was established in 2009 as the international standard for designing a secure cryptoprocessor.

The California-based software and virtualization company BlueStacks is formed.

New computer products and services introduced in 2009

AMD released the first Phenom II X4 (quad-core) processors (6 M cache, 2.5 to 3.7 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on January 8, 2009.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7500 (3 M cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on January 18, 2009.

AMD released the Socket AM3 architecture in February 2009.

Google released Google Latitude for iOS and Android on February 5, 2009.

AMD released the first Phenom II X3 (triple-core) processors (6M cache, 2.5 to 3.0 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on February 9, 2009.

Google voice, based on GrandCentral, was launched on March 11, 2009.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 was introduced on March 19, 2009.

Blizzard released its revamped client on March 20, 2009.

Intel released the Core 2 Quad processor Q8400 (4M cache, 2.67 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) in April 2009.

Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) was released on April 27, 2009.


The Minecraft game was released on May 17, 2009.

Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor E7600 (3M cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on May 31, 2009.

AMD released the first Athlon II X2 (dual-core) processors (1024 KB L2 cache, 1.6 to 3.5 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) in June 2009.

AMD released the first Phenom II X2 (dual-core) processors (6M cache, 3.0 to 3.5 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) on June 1, 2009.

Microsoft launched the Bing search engine on June 3, 2009.

Apple released the iPhone 3Gs (s for successor) on June 19, 2009.

Zynga launched its most successful game, Farmville, on June 19, 2009.

AMD released the first Athlon II X4 (quad-core) processors (512 KB L2 cache, 2.2 to 3.1 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) in September 2009.

Intel released the first Core i5 desktop processor with two cores, the i5-750 (8M cache, 2.67 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB), on September 8, 2009.

Android version 1.6 (Donut) was released on September 15, 2009.

Microsoft released Virtual PC on September 19, 2009.

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

Microsoft released MSE on September 30, 2009.

AMD released the first Athlon II X3 (triple core) processors (512 KB L2 cache, 2.2 to 3.4 GHz, 1066 MHZ or 1333 MHz FSB) in October 2009.

Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.

Android version 2.0 (Eclair) was released on October 29, 2009.

The site Chatroulette was launched in November 2009.

Google released the Chrome OS as open source with the name Chromium OS on November 19, 2009.

The first Barnes & Noble Nook was released on November 30, 2009.

The first LTE service was made available by TeliaSonera in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden in December 2009.

AdBlock was introduced for the Google Chrome Internet browser.

Probook was introduced by Hewlett Packard.

The Ubuntu-based operating system Zorin was released.

Google introduced their Go programing language to the public.

The first Hacker Dojo was held in 2009.

Redis was first released in 2009.

X was forked to Xorg in 2009.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Computer companies founded in 2009

The company Uber was founded in March 2009.

Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey create Square, Inc. in May 2009.

Quora logo

Quora was founded in June 2009.

Klout was founded by Joe Fernandez and Binh Tran in September 2009.

Dwolla was founded in December 2009.

GlobalFoundries was founded in 2009.

Computer company events in 2009

Google announced plans to acquire reCAPATCHA.

Cisco purchased Pure Digital Technologies in March 2009.

In June 2009, Borland was acquired by Micro Focus.

CompuServe shut down on July 1, 2009.

Macrovision renamed to Rovi Corporation on July 16, 2009. announced it would be acquiring in a deal valued at approximately $1.2 billion on July 22, 2009.

Rocket Software acquired Folio and NXT from Microsoft December 2.

3D Labs is acquired by Creative Technology and became ZiiLABS.

Everex shut down in 2009.

TallyGenicom is acquired by Printronix.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2009

Mikhail Donskoy

Mikhail Donskoy passed away on January 13, 2009 (Age: 61).

Robert Barton passed away on January 28, 2009 (Age: 83).

Peter Landin passed away on June 3, 2009 (Age: 78).

Russel Ackoff passed away on October 29, 2009 (Age: 90).

Amir Pnueli passed away on November 2, 2009 (Age: 68).

Andrew Booth passed away on November 29, 2009 (Age: 91).

Alexander L'vovich Brudno passed away on December 1, 2009 (Age: 91).

Borje Langefors passed away on December 13, 2009 (Age: 94).

« 2008 - Computer History - 2010 »