Computer history - 2017

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2017

Computer worm

On May 12, 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack began to attack computers running Microsoft Windows. The worm infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 different countries and demanded $300 - $1,200 in bitcoin to unlock the computers encrypted data.

Other computer and technology-related events in 2017

On January 11, 2017, Norway became the first country to start switching off FM Radio and switching to DAB, a digital broadcasting technology.

On August 11, 2017, OpenAI became the first AI to defeat the world's best DotA 2 player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin in a 1v1 game. Even more impressive is that the AI learned to play the game by playing itself in less than a month with a little coaching from humans.

Practical exploits for Meltdown and Spectre were discovered independently in 2017 by researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria, and Google's Project Zero in California.

New computer products and services introduced in 2017

AMD introduced the Vega on January 5, 2017.

AMD introduced the Zen CPU microarchitecture and the Ryzen in February 2017.

Intel introduced Optane memory a type of fast flash memory in March 2017.

In March 2017, the first minimum viable version of WebAssembly was released.

Microsoft began to release the Windows 10 Creators Update to users in April 2017.

Intel introduced the Intel Core i9 in May 2017.

Essential Home was introduced in May 2017.

Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 2017 (fifth gen) and the Surface Laptop on June 15, 2017.

EPYC is a line of server CPUs designed by AMD and first released in June 2017.

Fortnite logo

Fortnite was released by Epic Games on July 25, 2017.

AMD introduced its Ryzen Threadripper workstation CPUs in August 2017 that included infinity fabric.

Microsoft began progressively rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Oct. 17, 2017.

Google released the second generation of Google Pixel phones, the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL in October 2017.

Twitter officially expands everyone's character limit from 140 characters to 280 characters on November 7, 2017.

On November 14, 2017, Mozilla announced the release of Firefox Quantum.

PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for PC on December 20, 2017.

Google introduced Google Home and begins releasing Google Assistant on smartphones.

Google released Google Lens in 2017.

Blade SAS Shadow launched in 2017 in France.

Jawbone announced it would be liquidating all assets starting in July 2017. The Jawbone brand is currently managed by Aliph Brands, who handles support for the Jawbone products.

The first block of Bitcoin Cash was created on August 1, 2017. Anyone owning bitcoin at that time automatically received an equal amount of bitcoin cash.

Android version 8.0 (Oreo) released on August 21, 2017.

The cryptocurrency Binance Coin was founded in China in 2017.

Bixby is introduced in 2017 to compete with other voice assistants.

Cameo was first released in 2017.

Essential Products introduced the Essential Phone smartphone in 2017.

The second generation of Google Daydream View was released in 2017.

Google Glass was brought back as Glass Enterprise in 2017.

KaiOS was introduced in 2017.

Lynda.com courses were re-branded and integrated into the LinkedIn Learning platform in 2017.

Pixelbook was introduced in 2017.

The term "QLED" was first announced at CES 2017 by Samsung to brand their proprietary QD technologies.

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams in 2017.

Nintendo Switch was released in 2017.

Moto Z2 Play was released in 2017.

Samsung released the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Note 8 in 2017.

YouTube TV was released in 2017.

Discontinued products and services in 2017

On July 28, 2017, Apple announced it was discontinuing all iPod devices that were not running iOS. The iPod models marked as discontinued include the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.

The ooVoo service was shut down in November 2017.

On December 15, 2017, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) was discontinued as a service.

Computer company events in 2017

In January 2017, Mitsumi merged with Minebea and was renamed to MinebeaMitsumi.

China Oceanwide announced on January 20, 2017, that it had entered a definitive agreement to acquire IDG (International Data Group, Inc.).

Atlassian announced on January 9, 2017 that it was acquiring project management company Trello for $425 million. The acquisition was completed on February 3, 2017.

General Wireless Operations Inc. (RadioShack) filed for bankruptcy under chapter 11 on March 8, 2017, and announced it would start closing all its stores.

Samsung acquired Harman on March 10, 2017.

About.com was renamed to Dotdash on May 2, 2017.

In May 2017, about nine months after its acquisition by Microsoft, it was announced that Beam would be changed to Mixer.

On June 12, 2017, Conexant was acquired by Synaptics Inc.

On June 13, 2017, Verizon acquired Tumblr when it purchased Yahoo! for $4.48 billion.

On June 16, 2017, Amazon announced it had entered a definitive merger agreement with Whole Foods Market, Inc. for $13.7 billion.

In June 2017, Intergraph was re-branded as Hexagon PPM.

The wearable maker Jawbone begins liquidating its assets in July.

On July 11, 2017, Microsoft announced the immediate end of support for Windows Phone and the Microsoft's app store.

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced that it had a security breach in July and that up to 143 million Americans accounts were stolen. The stolen information included social security numbers, credit card information, and other personal information.

On September 12, 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, with a new edge-to-edge iPhone X with Face ID and updated Secure Enclave. The company also introduced the iPhone X and iPhone XS (iPhone 10) with a full OLED screen, top face sensors for Face ID, and removed the home button was released on November 3, 2017.

On December 11, 2017, Apple announced it was acquiring Shazam.

In 2017, Cavium was acquired by Marvell Technology for approximately $6 billion.

DeviantART was purchased by Wix in 2017.

Shutterstock acquired Flashstock in 2017.

Time Warner Cable merged with Charter Communications and Bright House Networks in 2017, and now known as Spectrum.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2017

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor passed away on April 13, 2017 (Age: 85).

Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 12, 2017 (Age: 76).

Jean Sammet passed away on May 20, 2017 (Age: 89).

Charles Thacker passed away on June 12, 2017 (Age: 74).

Corrado Böhm passed away on October 23, 2017 (Age: 94).

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