Computer history - 2015

Updated: 05/16/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2015

Windows 10

Microsoft 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, Google 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.

HTTP/2 was officially released on May 14, 2015.

Blizzard Entertainment released the battle arena game Heros of the Storm on June 2, 2015.

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

On July 18, 2015, eBay spun off PayPal as an independent company.

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

New computer products and services introduced in 2015

Sony's PlayStation Now cloud gaming service (formerly Gaikai) was launched in January 2015.

Square Inc. introduced the Square Cash service in March 2015.

OnePlus' OxygenOS was released in March 2015.

ASUS released the first Chromebit on March 31, 2015.

Amazon introduced the Dash Button on March 31, 2015.

On April 30, 2015, all OnLive services were discontinued.

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

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

Blizzard released the battle arena game Heros of the Storm on June 2, 2015.

Affinity Photo was released on July 9, 2015 by Serif.

Google introduced Android Pay for all Android-based smartphones on September 11, 2015.

The Apple iPhone 6s was released on September 25, 2015.

Samsung released Samsung Pay for of its smartphones on September 28, 2015.

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

Microsoft released the Surface Pro 4 and 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.

Valve introduced the Steam Machine on November 10, 2015.

YouTube Music was released on November 12, 2015.

Google made TensorFlow open-sourced for public use in November 2015.

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

Microsoft released Word 2016 for PC and Mac in 2016.

BookStack was created in 2015 by Dan Brown.

Kubernetes was released by Google in 2015.

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

Hopebot was integrated into the Computer Hope search in 2015.

WebAssembly began being developed in 2015.

BandLab was released in 2015.

GeForce Now cloud gaming provided by NVIDIA on servers equipped with Tesla GPUs, announced in 2015.

Google announced it would be deprecating SPDY in 2015.

Samsung released the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Tab S2 in 2015.

Computer companies founded in 2015

Essential Products was founded in 2015.

PeopleHum was founded 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.

Micro Focus completed its acquisition of Novell on April 6, 2015.

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.

CSR was acquired by Qualcomm on August 14, 2015, and renamed as Qualcomm Technologies International.

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

In September 2015, Good Technology was acquired by BlackBerry, Ltd. for $425 million.

Alphabet was founded on October 2, 2015 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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

Dot Hill Systems was acquired by Seagate Technology in October 2015.

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.

Ansible was acquired by Red Hat in 2015.

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

Microsoft replaces Internet Explorer with Microsoft Edge in 2015.

Computer-related movies released in 2015

Rise of the Centaur was released in 2015.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2015

Steve Bristow

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

Norman Nie passed away on April 2, 2015 (Age: 72).

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

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

Nobuo Mii passed away on July 14, 2015 (Age: 84).

Greg Chesson passed away on June 28, 2015 (Age: Unknown).

Donald Shell passed away on November 2, 2015 (Age: 91).

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

Joyce Reynolds passed away on December 28, 2015 (Age: Unknown).

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