Computer history - 2017

Updated: 08/02/2019 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 was able to learn to play the game by playing itself in less than a month with a little coaching from humans.

New computer products and services introduced in 2017

AMD introduced the Vega on January 5, 2017.

AMD introduced the Zen CPU microarchitecture in February 2017.

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

Intel introduced the Intel Core i9 in May 2017.

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

Fortnite logo

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

AMD introduced its Ryzen Threadripper workstation CPUs in August 2017.

Microsoft began progressively rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Oct. 17, 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 begins releasing Google Assistant on smartphones.

Blade SAS Shadow launched in 2017 in France.

Computer company events in 2017

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

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

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

The wearable maker Jawbone begins liquidating its assets in July.

On July 11, 2017, Microsoft announced the immediate end of support for Windows Phone.

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.

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.

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

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

Computer pioneer deaths in 2017

Robert Taylor

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

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

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

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