Computer history - 2001
Major computer events in 2001
Other computer events in 2001
On January 2, 2001, Intel announced it would recall its 1.13 GHz Pentium III processors due to a glitch.
Napster reached over 26 million users by February 2001.
USRobotics introduced the V.92 modem standard on February 27, 2001.
On March 8, 2001, AOL memberships surpassed 28 million.
The Mir Russian space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on March 23, 2001, and broke up after 15-years in space.
MSN reached the 5 million user mark.
The ATA-6 standard was approved by ANSI on May 16, 2001, under document NCITS 347-2001.
Transmeta licensed key technologies like HyperTransport from AMD on May 25, 2001.
Jan de Wit aka OnTheFly was convicted for the Anna Kournikova virus on May 27, 2001.
On June 5, 2001, Nevada became the first U.S. state to vote to legalize online gambling.
Initio Corp. acquired ConnectCom (formerly AdvanSys) on June 18, 2001.
On June 23, 2001, Iomega, slashed 800 to 1,100 jobs worldwide, and announced plans to relocate its headquarters to the West Coast.
The Code Red worm began infecting Windows computers in July 2001 with the intention of performing a DDoS attack on the White House government web page. The worm was estimated to have caused $2 billion in damages, despite never succeeded in its intended attack.
On July 20, 2001, it's announced PC shipments were the worst they've been since 1986, as only Dell grows.
SATA 1.0 was introduced in August 2001.
The phrase "deep web" was coined by Mike Bergman, founder of data collection service Bright Planet, in August 2001.
The Trojan Room coffee machine and the first Internet webcam went offline on August 22, 2001.
The Klez virus was introduced in October 2001.
On October 9, 2001, AMD announced a new branding scheme. Instead of identifying processors by their clock speed, the AMD XP bears monikers of 1800+, 1700+, 1600+, and 1500+, with each lower model number representing a lower clock speed.
The 30th anniversary of the microprocessor was on November 15, 2001. In those 30 years, the speed of the processor increased more than 18,500 times, from 0.108 MHz to 2 GHz.
On December 02, 2001, Toshiba announced it would stop selling desktop computers in the United States and focus on mobile computing and servers.
Dean Kamen unveiled the Segway on December 3, 2001.
The "Goner" virus was first discovered on December 4, 2001, eventually causing an estimated $80 million in damage.
Nimda, the fastest spreading computer virus in history, was released in 2001.
The CDDB was officially renamed to Gracenote in 2001.
The Chatterbox challenge was first held 2001.
Corel Linux was discontinued in 2001.
Mindscape was formed as its own company again.
Airlines began to implement methods of gaining Internet access while flying.
Regional Coding Enhancement was a type of DVD region code introduced in 2001 that attempted to make region-restricted DVDs unplayable, even on region-free DVD players. Fewer than a hundred movies used this enhancement before it was abandoned.
USB 2.0 was introduced in 2001.
The Agile Manifesto, which served as an outline for agile development methods, was introduced in 2001.
New computer products and services introduced in 2001
McAfee released the first handheld virus protection software on March 9, 2001.
The game Anarchy Online from Funcom went gold on June 11, 2001.
Google introduced Google Earth on June 11, 2001.
Google Image Search was introduced offering access to 250 million images in July 2001.
On July 23, 2001, Max Payne, a third-person shooter video game, was released for the PC by Gathering of Developers. The game had an excellent reception and received multiple awards for Best PC Game, Best Game 2001, Best Graphics in a Game, Best Computer Game of the Year, Editor's Choice, and others. Two sequels were released in 2003 and 2012, and in total, the game series sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide.
Lindows OS (later Linspire) was founded by Michael Robertson in August 2001.
Compaq introduced the Compaq Presario line of computers on August 27, 2001.
On September 25, 2001, XM Radio released its service to the public.
Bungie released the game Halo for the Xbox gaming system on November 15, 2001, launching the start of a multi-billion dollar video game franchise. The Halo series experiences unprecedented success, including multiple game sequels and expansion to other markets, like books, toys, clothing and even television and web video series. It is hailed as one of the best first-person shooter games for video game consoles.
Microsoft released Word for PC 2002 in 2001.
Microsoft released Excel 2001 for Mac in 2001.
Microsoft released Word X for Mac in 2001.
Rhapsody was released in December 2001.
Microsoft released FrontPage 2002.
SOS Online Backup was rebranded as Infrascale in 2001.
Microsoft SharePoint was introduced in 2001.
The first WCDMA network, called FOMA (Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access), was launched in Japan.
Development versions of OpenOffice.org are released for Linux and Windows with a macOS X version that works with X-11.
The Kylin operating system was invented for use by the Chinese military.
OCTAVE (operationally critical threat, asset, and vulnerability evaluation) was introduced.
Processing was first released in 2001 by developers Casey Reas and Ben Fry.
YAML was first proposed by Clark Evans in 2001.
The website YTMND started in 2001.
Internet domains that came online in 2001
The domain wikipedia.org came online on January 13, 2001.
The domain Stumbleupon.com came online on November 4, 2001.
Computer companies founded in 2001
Wikipedia was founded on January 15, 2001.
JMicron Technology was founded in September 2001.
ADATA was founded in 2001.
Arctic was founded in 2001.
BitDefender was founded in 2001.
Dyn was founded in 2001 by Tom Daly, Jeremy Hitchcock, Chris Reinhardt, and Tim Wilde.
Mailchimp was founded in 2001 by Ben Chestnut and Dan Kurzius.
Newegg was founded in 2001.
Roxio was founded in 2001.
Sapphire was founded in 2001.
Sapphire Technology was founded in 2001.
Soft Trading was founded in 2001. The company would later become SteelSeries.
Xandros was founded in 2001.
Computer company events in 2001
Infogrames acquired the video game unit of Hasbro Interactive in January 2001.
FASA closed its doors on January 25, 2001. BattleTech and Shadowrun properties were sold to Wizkids LLC.
Adobe acquired Accelio Corp. on February 03, 2001.
Upon the completion of the merger between Caldera and SCO, the combined company changed its name to Caldera International on March 29, 2001.
Google acquired its first public acquisition, Deja.com's Usenet service, on February 13, 2001, which later became Google groups.
Phoenix acquired Integrity Sciences on February 27, 2001.
Novell acquired Cambridge technology partners on March 13, 2001.
On March 24, 2001, Micron Electronics announced it was putting its computer operations up for sale.
On April 20, 2001, Dell became the largest PC maker.
On July 17, 2001, Corel purchased Micrografx Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction.
Egghead filed for bankruptcy protection on August 18, 2001.
Sony pulled the plug on its eVilla Internet appliance on September 03, 2001.
Acer Peripherals (Acer CM) changed its name to BenQ on December 1, 2001.
On December 29, 2001, eMachines received a NASDAQ warning about a possible delisting of its stock, as the company struggles to pump up slowing sales and its sagging stock price.
In December 2001, Roxio acquired MGI Software.
3DFX announced plans on dissolving the company in 2001.
AST Computers went out of business and stopped selling computers.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2001
William Hewlett passed away on January 12, 2001 (Age 87).
Tom Kilburn passed away on January 17, 2001 (Age: 79).
Herbert Simon passed away on February 9, 2001 (Age: 85).
Claude Elwood Shannon passed away on February 24, 2001 (Age: 85).
Jim Ellis passed away on June 28, 2001 (Age: 45).
Nathan Rochester passed away on June 8, 2001 (Age: 82).
Robert Floyd passed away on September 25, 2001 (Age: 65).
Peter Elias passed away on December 7, 2001 (Age: 78).