Computer History - 2015

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2015

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

Google splits 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 releases version 1.0.0 alpha of the Rust programming language on January 9, 2015.

Dish Network introduces Sling TV in January of 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 is convicted February 4, 2015.

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

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

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

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

New computer products and services introduced in 2015

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

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

Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) released October 5, 2015

Microsoft releases the Surface Book on October 26, 2015.

YouTube Red is released on October 31, 2015.

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

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

Kubernetes is released by Google.

Computer company events in 2015

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

RadioShack files for bankruptcy February 6, 2015.

In March 2015 Silicon Image was acquired by Lattice Semiconductor.

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

Google shuts 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 discontinues Google Moderator June 30, 2015.

The Impact Team announces 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 was released after the site refused to shut down.

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

On August 19, 2015 Microsoft Tag service is discontinued.

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

Tesla announces that on October 15, 2015 that qualifying Tesla Model S cars will begin receiving the Autopilot update that allows the Tesla cars to drive themselves.

Jack Dorsey returns back to Twitter as CEO.

Hewlett-Packard announces that it will 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 announces it announces 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 releases the iPad Pro, a 12.9" screen tablet.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2015

Steve BristowSteve Bristow passes away February 22, 2015 (Age: 65)

John Nash passes away May 23, 2015 (Age: 86)

Hermann Zapf passes away June 4, 2015 (Age: 96)

Gene Amdahl passes away November 10, 2015 (Age: 92)

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