Chronology of Personal Computer Software

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2005

January 11
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer announces the iLife '05 application suite for the Macintosh, with iPhoto 5, iDVD 5, iMovie HD, iTunes 4.7.1, and Garage Band 2. Price is US$79. [2182.14]
  • At the Macworld Expo, Apple Computer announces the iWork '05 application suite for the Macintosh, with Keynote 2 and Pages. Price is US$79. [597] [2182.14]
January 31
  • Sun Microsystems releases the Solaris 10 operating system for free commercial or non-commercial use. [1559] [2450.2]
February 9
  • In the lawsuit of SCO Group versus IBM over alleged copyright infringement of Unix source code, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball refuses to grant IBM's request for a declaration that its Linux work does not violate SCO's copyrights. The judge criticizes SCO for not producing any evidence of infringement. [1559] [2328.80]
February
  • Microsoft releases the Windows XP Starter Edition operating system in Malaysia and Indonesia. Price in Malaysia is 120 ringgits (about US$32). [1559]
February 15
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the US. A fairy refers to the "WANDOS 2.0" operating system, a reference to the Windows operating system. [2279]
February (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game for the month in the US: The Sims 2 University. [1673.138]
March (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game for the month in the US: The Sims 2 University. [1673.138]
April 3
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A recruitment sign for prison guards says "Must know Microsoft Powerpoint, sadism". [2261]
April 25
  • Microsoft releases the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system, for computers with Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon processors with 64-bit instructions. Price is US$155.95. [1559] [1687.73] [1689.1] [1691.1] [1784.75] [1897.133]
April 28
  • NCSoft releases the Guild Wars game for the PC in the US. [1790.86]
April 29
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.4 operating system. New features include Spotlight search, Dashboard with 14 mini-apps, 64-bit memory addressing, iChat, QuickTime 7. Price is US$129 for single user, or US$199 for a five-user license. Price in the UK is 89 pounds. Code-name during development was Tiger. [1559] [1687.75] [1876.17] [1897.133] [1918.16]
April (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game for the month in the US: Guild Wars. [1681.128] [1765.96]
May
  • Microsoft releases the Windows Mobile 5 operating system. [1897.133] [2187.16]
May 16
  • Apple computer releases Mac OS X 10.4.1. [1559]
May (month)
  • Top selling computer game for the month in the US: Guild Wars. [1688.110]
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June 15
  • Microsoft releases Windows XP N, without Windows Media Player. [1559]
June 21
  • EA Games releases the Battlefield 2 game for personal computers in the US. [1688.104] [1790.88] [2565.32]
June 29
  • Jerrold Kaplan, founder of Go company, files a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming Microsoft violated antitrust laws by trying to thwart Go's attempt to enter the PC operating system market in the early 1990s. [1559]
June (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game title for the month in the US: Battlefield 2. [1763.116] [1764.156]
July 12
  • Apple Computer releases Mac OS X 10.4.2 operating system. [1559]
July
  • IBM announces it will discontinue support for the OS/2 operating system by the end of the year. [1559]
July 22
  • Microsoft announces the name of the next Windows operating system: Windows Vista. [1559] [1784.75] [2074.15]
July 25
  • Microsoft launches Windows Genuine Advantage on its Web site. The technology scans a user's computer to ensure the Windows software in use is legal, before allowing updates to be downloaded. [1698.1]
July 28
  • Microsoft reports it has sold 100,000 copies of Windows XP Starter Edition to date. [1559]
July (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game for the month in the US: Battlefield 2. [1780.184]
August (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game for the month in the US: Battlefield 2. [1780.184]
September 22
  • Atari releases the Indigo Prophecy game for personal computers in the US. [1790.91]
September 28
  • The U.S. Patent Office reaffirms a Web-browsing patent by Eolas Technologies that Microsoft is accused of infringing. [1559]
September (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the US for the month: The Sims 2 Nightlife. [1779.192]
October 18
  • Sierra releases the F.E.A.R. game for personal computers in the US. [1764.54] [1780.170] [1790.91]
October 21
  • Universal Pictures releases the film Doom to theaters in the USA, based on the computer game. The film cost US$100 million to make and market. (Gross theater receipts: about US$42 million worldwide.) [1764.38,54] [2464.46]
October 25
  • 2K Games releases the Sid Meier's Civilization IV game for personal computers in the US. [1780.62] [1790.95,152]
October 31
  • Apple Computer releases the Mac OS X 10.4.3 software for the Macintosh. [1559]
October (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: Star Wars Battlefront II. [1790.158]
November 15
  • Electronic Arts releases the Need for Speed: Most Wanted game for personal computers in the US. [1790.95]
November
  • Microsoft releases Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 for Windows in the USA. [2193.16]
November 22
  • Ubisoft releases the Peter Jackson's King Kong game for personal computers in the US. [1790.96]
  • Activision releases the Call of Duty 2 game for personal computers in the US. [1764.54,76] [1779.146] [1790.96]
November (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: Star Wars Battlefront II. [1791.114]
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  • The postal service in France issues a series of stamps commemorating The Sims video game. [1793.34]
December
  • Release of X Windows System versions X11R6.9.0 and X11R7.0.0 for Linux. [2188.20]
  • Apache Software Foundation releases the Apache HTTP Server 2.2.0 software. [2243.8]
December 16
  • Microsoft announces it will discontinue support for Internet Explorer on the Macintosh at the end of the year. [1559]
December 23
  • IBM discontinues all OS/2 products. [1559] [1698]
December (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the US for the month: Age of Empires III. [1989.122]
Year
  • Total spending on games for personal computers in the USA: US$1.4 billion. [2322]
  • Software piracy rate in Canada: 33%; in the world 35%. [2189.7]

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