Computer History - 2015

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2015

Windows 10Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.

Google split into two companies on August 10, 2015. The new company known as Alphabet is now responsible for Google, Nest, Google Capital, Fiber, Calico, Google X, Sidewalk Labs, and Google Ventures.

Other computer events in 2015

Mozilla released version 1.0.0 alpha of the Rust programming language on January 9, 2015.

Dish Network introduced Sling TV in January 2015.

Microsoft sells the remainder of its Microsoft Surface devices running Windows RT and has no plans on releasing any future products using Windows RT.

Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the website Silk Road, was convicted on February 4, 2015.

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition became the first phone running the Ubuntu operating system to be released on February 11, 2015.

In March 2015, Facebook released React Native, an open-source JavaScript framework for developing mobile apps on Android and iOS.

A drone from Flirtey made a medical delivery on July 17, 2015, and became the first government-approved drone delivery.

China ended its gaming console ban after 15 years on July 25, 2015.

New computer products and services introduced in 2015

Apple officially released the Apple Watch on April 24, 2015.

Amazon officially released the Amazon Echo to the public in June.

Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) was released on October 5, 2015.

Microsoft released the Surface Book on October 26, 2015.

YouTube Red was released on October 31, 2015.

AMD announced on November 2, 2015, that the Catalyst drivers were now going to be known as Crimson.

After seven years of development PHP 7.0.0 was released on December 3, 2015.

Kubernetes was released by Google in 2015.

HEIF (High Efficiency Image File format) was introduced in 2015.

Computer company events in 2015

Sony sold Sony Online Entertainment, the publisher of the MMO Everquest, on February 2, 2015.

RadioShack filed for bankruptcy on February 6, 2015.

In March 2015, Silicon Image was acquired by Lattice Semiconductor.

Google announced it discontinued Google Code on March 12, 2015. Thousands of the Google open source products were moved to GitHub.

Google shut down Google Helpouts on April 20, 2015.

On May 2, 2015, Leo Laporte brought back "The New Screen Savers" on his TWiT network. The show intends to bring back many of the favorite things from "The Screen Savers," a show that first aired on ZDTV and TechTV.

In May 2015, Broadcom was purchased by Avago Technologies Ltd. for $37 billion. After the purchase, the company was renamed to Broadcom Limited.

On June 23, 2015, Verizon announced it had completed the acquisition of AOL for $4.4 Billion.

Google discontinued Google Moderator on June 30, 2015.

The Impact Team announced on July 15, 2015, that it had hacked the Ashley Madison site and would release all information about its 35 million users if the site did not shut down. On August 18th and 20th, several gigabytes of user details were released after the site refused to shut down.

AT&T completed its acquisition of DirecTV for $49 billion on July 24, 2015.

On August 19, 2015, Microsoft Tag service was discontinued.

Dell announced on October 12, 2015, that it had agreed to acquire EMC for approximately $67 billion.

Tesla announced that on October 15, 2015, that qualifying Tesla Model S cars would be receiving the Autopilot update that allows the Tesla cars to assist the driver.

Jack Dorsey returns to Twitter as CEO.

Hewlett-Packard announced that it would split its company into two different companies on November 1, 2015. The company responsible for PC hardware devices, printers, and most consumers will be known as HP Inc. The other company responsible for servers, software, and other services geared towards business will be known as HP Enterprise.

Blizzard Entertainment announced it announced on November 2, 2015, that purchased King Digital (makers of Candy Crush) for $5.9 billion.

On December 07, 2015, NXP announced it had completed the merger of Freescale.

Apple released the iPad Pro, a 12.9" screen tablet.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2015

Steve BristowSteve Bristow passed away on February 22, 2015 (Age: 65).

John Nash passed away on May 23, 2015 (Age: 86).

Hermann Zapf passed away on June 4, 2015 (Age: 96).

Gene Amdahl passed away on November 10, 2015 (Age: 92).

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