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February 17, 2000: Microsoft Windows 2000 Released

Microsoft Windows 2000

February 17, 2000: Microsoft  released Windows 2000

2000Microsoft released the next version of the Windows Operating system in Windows 2000. Also known at Windows NT 5.0, it was the beginning of merging the NT and 9x versions. Of course, the companion was Windows ME, which didn’t do too well. The end result streamlined the two OS into Windows XP.

Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17

  • Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released
  • XBox cord recall
  • DTV in the US was suppose to happen today, but was delayed
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January 30, 2007: Microsoft Released Windows Vista

Windows Vista

January 30, 2007: Windows Vista released

2007 - Microsoft releases Windows Vista in many different versions to the public – Home, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate, Home Basic N and Business N. With a Codename of “Longhorn”, this was the next version to XP and introduced many new features including the redesigned start button and glass borders. The Ultimate version even had active background, where your desktop picture could be moving.

The OS didn’t live up to expectation and caused a lot of driver errors including machines that were suppose to be “Vista Ready”. Vista was soon replaced by Windows 7.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27

  • Atari starts using the slogan “Innovative Leisure”
  • Samsung acquires the remaining 51 percent of AST
  • Sega announces the Dreamcast will be discontinued
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December 31: Full Technology Roundup

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On this day, we basically crunch numbers. This is where you will see companies let you know how much of their products are out there. How many copies of Windows have been sold, how many PC‘s were bought – how much shareware has been downloaded. These stats will drive how the next year is to be written. Then, they blank the numbers and start the crazy cycle all over again.The majority of the podcast will go over these statistics. But don’t worry – there is still a lot of other history to go through. But it’s still cool to know that in 1981, 250 million floppy disk drives were shipped to date…

Wikazine – Full show notes for December 31

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December 7, 1978: First Microsoft Staff Picture

Microsoft Crew

Microsoft Crew

1978 - It is one of the most infamous pictures in tech today. This is the Microsoft crew. Can you guess which one is Bill Gates?

The picture was updated in 2008 when the group (except Bob Wallace, who passed away in 2002) got back together for Bill Gates last few days at Microsoft (below).

The staff picture includes: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen (2nd row) Bob O’Rear, Bob Greenberg (who helped launch Cabbage Patch Kids), Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin, (3rd row) Steve Wood, Bob Wallace (passed away in 2002) and Jim Lane.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 7

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December 2, 1991: Apple Released Quicktime

Quicktime

1991 - What was first a Multimedia add-on for System 6, Quicktime has spent 21 years being Apples’ proprietary player. The original version contained graphics, animation and Video codecs – What was refered to as “Road Pizza”. Since then Quicktime had developed on both Mac and Windows sides (starting in 1992). The current version is called Quicktime X and supports 64-bit codecs.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 2

  • The Virginia Internet Policy Act
  • AT&T pulls pay phones
  • Digg.com was not for sale
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November 30, 1959: IBM 7090 Mainframe Cost $2.9 Million

IBM-7090

IBM-7090

1959 - Want to see a 2.9 million dollar computer? That was the IBM 7090 – a transistorized mainframe computer that was designed for scientific research and tech applications. It replaced the 709 series, which used vacuum tubes. The first two were delivered – one of the 7090′s would be used for the Mercury and Gemini space missions. Check out more on the IBM 7090

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 30


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July 27: Windows NT 3.1 released

 

Windows NT 3.1

July 27, 1993: Windows NT 3.1 was released

1993 – Microsoft released another Operating System to focus the business. NT 3.1 was the first release in the NT series. NT stood for “N-Ten,” the codename of the Intel i860 XR processor for which NT was initially developed.The NT kernal was different than the Windows 3.x version. It implemented the Win32 API, or 32 bit programming. Windows NT also was for the business. It didn’t push multimedia like it’s home counterpart.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 27

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  • Tandy 1000 SL is released
  • OJ Simpson launches askoj.com
  • Cuil Launches to rival Google
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July 14: Spotify Comes to the US, Windows 95 is Golden

Spotify

July 14, 2011: Spotify comes to the US

2011 – The US waited for this Swedish music streaming service, and on this day, we got it. Founded in 2006, Spotify announced after exhaustive negotiation with four major US record labels, they were given the green light to launch. It came with much praise from the online community. Since then, Spotify was integrated with Facebook, and launched their own apps and app finder.

Meanwhile, in 1995, after 15 million lines and 3 years of programming,Microsoft announces Windows 95 (a.k.a. Chicago) was deemed “Golden.That meant Microsoft could not make any more fixes or adjustments would be made until it’s release on August 24th. Of course, Microsoft Windows 95 was their first 32-bit operating system and considered a major game changer in the world of computers.

Geekazine Fact: Jeffrey Powers got his IT career as a support agent for Windows 95.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 14

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  • 386BSD is released
  • A girl falls into a manhole while texting
  • PalmOne changes back to Palm

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