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Computer History - 1997

Year Event
1997 HTTP/1.1 is specified in RFC 2616 and officially released in January 1997.
1997 Mosaic development and support officially discontinued on January 7, 1997.
1997 On January 7th Microsoft releases the final version of Internet Explorer 3.0 for the Apple Macintosh.
1997 The PNG standard is introduced on January 10, 1997.
1997 Internet2 consortium is established.
1997 The world learns of Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal February 22, 1997.
1997 The domain comes online March 28, 1997.
1997 IEEE releases 802.11 (WiFi) standard.
1997 The Mars Pathfinder successfully lands on Mars July 4, 1997.
1997 Microsoft releases DirectX 5.0 ( on July 16, 1997.
1997 Intel introduces the MMX chip.
1997 The CD burning software Nero is first released.
1997 Unwired Planet develops HDML.
1997 Intel introduces the Slot 1 processor and slot.
1997 Connectix introduces Virtual PC.
1997 Yahoo! introduces Yahoo Mail.
1997 ATA-3 is approved by ANSI.
1997 Several computer manufactures introduce sub 1,000 computers, computers that cost less than $1,000.00.
1997 AOL faces several lawsuits from subscribers who are upset about the difficulties encountered when attempting to connect to its services.
1997 The dancing baby becomes one of the Internets first fads. The dancingbaby is a short 3D animation of a small baby wearing diapers dancing. It was first created by Michael Girard and later tweaked by Ron Lussier at LucasArts who released it on a CompuServe forum as chacha.avi.
1997 Altavista introduces its free online translator Babel Fish.
1997 A cult known as the Heaven's Gate that earns its money from designing web sites commits a mass suicide on March 27, 1997.
1997 Digital Video Discs aka Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) first go on sale.
1997 Microsoft announces plans to buy WebTV Networks in April for $425 million. The deal is later approved and completed in August.
1997 CompUSA joins Dell and Gateway in selling build-to-order PC computers.
1997 Intel Pentium II is introduced on May 7, 1997.
1997 IBMs Deep Blue computer defeats world champion chess player Garry Kasparov May 11, 1997 in their second six-game showdown, winning the tie-breaking game in only 62 minutes.
1997 Perl 5.004 is released May 15, 1997.
1997 Kaspersky is founded.
1997 Carsten Haitzler releases Enlightenment.
1997 E ink is established.
1997 CD-RW drives and media are introduced.
1997 Bill Gates is now the worlds richest businessman.
1997 The NASA Pathfinder Web site, which is running real-time images sent from the Pathfinder on Mars receives more than 100 million hits during its first four days, in response to the high popularity NASA sets up 25 mirror pages to handle the traffic. The site sets a new popularity record.
1997 Microsoft begins working on its own search engine.
1997 The TRUSTe organization is founded.
1997 Microsoft saves Apple with a $150 million investment August 6, 1997.
1997 The domain name is registered after Sergey Brin and Larry Page decide to change the name of their BackRub search engine to Google September 15, 1997.
1997 The domain comes online September 24, 1997.
1997 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4.0 in September of 1997.
1997 Microsoft releases Microsoft Office 97.
1997 Microsoft announces Windows 98.
1997 3Com buys U.S. Robotics for $6.6 billion making the consolidation the largest in the history of computer companies.
1997 Apple releases MAC OS 8.
1997 Nullsoft is founded by Justin Frankel.
1997 Webroot Software is founded.
1997 Microsoft invests $150 million in Apple Computers Inc. and agrees to continue creating software for Apple computers, in agreement Apple makes Microsoft Internet Explorer its browser of choice for Macintosh computers.
1997 The Li-Ion battery begins being used for commercial uses.
1997 The Intel Pentium II 233 MHz processor is released.
1997 IEEE introduced 802.11 the wireless network standard in June 1997.
1997 Advanced Graphics Port or AGP designed for Video cards. Designed by Intel is released August of 1997.
1997 Microsoft Windows CE 2.x is released.
1997 The Slashdot website launches.
1997 Steve Jobs rejoins Apple September 16, 1997.
1997 Cyrix is established.
1997 Riven, the sequel to Myst is released in October 1997.
1997 The domain comes online November 10, 1997.
1997 Microsoft acquires Hotmail a free e-mail service in December 1997.
1997 Cyril Cleverdon passes away December 4, 1997.

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