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Last updated: 2022 April 29.


2006

January (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the US for the month: World of Warcraft. [1990.136]
February (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the US for the month: Star Wars: Empire at War. [1991.114]
March
  • Linus Torvalds announces the release of Linux kernel version 2.6.16. Main new features are support for IBM's Cell processor, and a clustering file system from Oracle. [2186.20]
March (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: The Sims 2: Open for Business. [1988.120]
  • Market share of Web browsers during the month: Microsoft Internet Explorer 84.7%, Firefox 10.05%, Safari 3.19%. [2186.4]
April 5
  • Apple Computer releases the Boot Camp software allowing the new Intel-based Apple computers to run Windows XP. [1914.24] [1916.28]
April (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Guild Wars: Factions. [2079.114]
May
  • Quark releases the QuarkXPress 7 software for the Mac OS. [2247.16]
May 22
  • Microsoft announces FlexGo, software allowing the use of a computer with a pre-paid card number. [2094.40]
May 23
  • Microsoft releases a Beta 2 test version of Windows Vista. [2322]
May 31
  • The Game Critics Awards are announced:
    • Best Original Game: Spore;
    • Best PC Game: Spore;
    • Best Simulation Game: Spore.
    [2322]
May (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Guild Wars: Factions. [2114.96]
June (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft. [2115.102]
(month unknown)
  • Palm settles a lawsuit filed by Xerox in 1997, in which Xerox claimed that Palm's Graffiti handwriting-recognition technology infringed the Xerox Unistrokes technology. Palm pays US$22.5 million, and will continue to use the technology. [2191.12]
July 11
  • Microsoft ceases providing new security patches for Windows 98, 98 SE, and Millenium Edition. [2101.55]
July 12
  • The European Commission fines Microsoft US$356 million for failing to comply with orders to share information about the Windows operating system for servers. [2098.24]
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July (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft. [2117.116]
August
  • Borland Software re-introduces Turbo C++ for Windows. [2194.20]
  • Borland Software introduces Turbo C# for .Net. [2194.20]
  • Borland Software introduces Turbo Delphi for .Net, and Turbo Delphi for Windows. [2194.20]
August (month)
  • Top selling computer game for the month in the USA: World of Warcraft. [2284.148]
(month unknown)
  • Intuit releases Quicken 2007 Mac for the Mac OS. [2249.60]
  • Microsoft announces it will not develop a new version of Virtual PC emulation software for Intel-based Apple Mac computers. [2249.19]
September 3
  • FreeDOS 1.0 is released. [2237.10]
September 26
  • Microsoft releases Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 for Windows in the USA. [2195.24]
September (month)
  • Top selling computer game for the month in the USA: The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff. [2285.148]
October 4
  • Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. The episode centers around the World of Warcraft computer game. Several characters play in the game, attempting to defeat a powerful player. [2254]
October
  • Global usage share of Web browsers: Internet Explorer 86 percent, Firefox 11.5 percent, Safari under 2 percent, Opera under 2 percent. [2322]
October 18
  • Microsoft releases the Internet Explorer 7 Web browser. [2322] [2386.10]
October 27
  • Mozilla Foundation releases the Firefox 2.0 Web browser. [2194.16] [2386.10]
October (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 2: Pets. [2286.116]
November 6
  • YTV airs the TV show Weird Years in Canada. The game "WarQuest" is played on a personal computer, a play on game titles Warcraft and EverQuest. [2366]
November 30
  • Microsoft officially releases the Windows Vista operating system to corporate clients. The software is comprised of 50 million lines of source code. [2337.58] [2389.15] [2395.10] [2504.65]
November (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Neverwinter Nights 2. [2290.112]
December (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 2: Pets. [2290.112]
Year
  • Total sales of computer game software in the USA for the year: US$970 million. [2322]
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the year: World of Warcraft. [2322]

2007

January 16
  • Blizzard Entertainment releases the first World of Warcraft online game expansion, The Burning Crusade game for Windows/Macintosh computers in North America and Europe. In the first 24 hours, about 2.4 million copies are sold, making this the fastest selling game in both areas of the world. [2291.1] [2369.22,107] [2384.80] [2582.13] [2624.43]
January 30
  • Microsoft releases the Windows Vista operating system for personal computers. [2338.20] [2379.26] [2380.29] [2386.11]
January (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. [2369.112]
February (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. [2406.100]
March
  • In Seattle, Washington, Microsoft holds the Most Valuable Professional Summit. Microsoft announces it will terminate development of FoxPro. [2396.22]
March (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 2: Seasons. [2407.120]
April 23
  • The April 23 issue of Business Week magazine shows an office with a computer shown running "SOLITAIRE", a reference to the game included with Microsoft Windows. [2341.52]
April (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. [2408]
May 13
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A desktop personal computer with keyboard and mouse appears. A snake sees the computer mouse transform into a real mouse, and it tries to eat the entire computer. "Clippy", the electronic paperclip mascot of Microsoft Office appears, asking the snake if it needs help. [2352]
May (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. [2409.104]
June 30
  • To date, Microsoft has sold over 60 million licenses to Windows Vista. [2322]
June (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. [2410.104]
July (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft. [2432.128]
August (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft. [2433.164]
September 23
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A "Restoration Software" store appears, with LCD monitors on a desk. [2466]
September (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. [2434.160]
October 10
  • Electronic Arts releases The Orange Box game package for personal computers in the USA. [2565.32]
October 26
  • Apple releases the Mac OS X "Leopard" operating system for Macintosh computers. Price is US$129 for a single user or $199 for up to five computers in a single household. (Sales in the first four days: 2 million copies.) [2322] [2441.8]
October 30
  • Apple ships the 2 millionth copy of Mac OS X Leopard. [2462.10]
October 31
  • Electronic Arts releases the Hellgate: London online game for personal computers in the USA. [2426.17] [2565.32] [2620.13]
October (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Orange Box. [2435.104]
November 13
  • Electronic Arts releases the Crysis game for personal computers in the USA. [2426.17] [2565.32]
November 15
  • Electronic Arts releases the SimCity Societies game for personal computers in the USA. Price is US$49.95. [2441.98]
November (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. [2485.104]
December (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. [2488.108]
Year
  • Personal computer operating system market share: Apple Mac OS X 7.3 percent. [2544.14]

2008

January 15
  • Microsoft releases the Office:mac 2008 office software for the Apple Mac computers in the US. price is US$400, or US$240 upgrade from a previous version. [2548.71]
January (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft. [2489.95]
February (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft. [2490.100]
March 1
  • Time Warner AOL ceases support, development, and security fixes for Navigator. Last released version is 9.0.0.6. [2505.12] (February [2502.10])
March 30
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A personal computer appears, showing a Power Point presentation. Another computer appears in a bedroom. [2474]
March (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 2 Free Time. [2491.102]
April (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff. [2514.96]
May (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. [2515.92]
June 14
  • In London, England, David and Richard Darling are made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for their "services to the computer games industry". The brothers co-founded Galactic Software in 1982, and co-founded Codemasters in 1986. [2322]
June 17
  • Mozilla releases the Firefox 3.0 web browser for download. 8.3 million downlaoads are recorded in the first 24 hours. [2322] [2500.14] [2501] [2506.9]
June 30
  • Last day of Microsoft making Windows XP available to PC makers. [2322] [2552.49]
June (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: Spore Creature Creator. [2516.108]
July (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice. [2517.116]
August
  • Microsoft releases Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 Beta 2. [2528.12]
August (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: The Sims 2: Apartment Life. [2522.132]
September 2
  • Google releases a test version of its new Web browser, Google Chrome. [2322] [2541.11] [2554.62]
September 7
  • Electronic Arts releases the Spore game for Windows and Macintosh computers. [2477.24] [2519] [2520.2] [2522.128] [2559.32]
September 16
  • Electronic Arts releases the Crysis Warhead game for personal computers in the USA. [2559.33] [2565.33]
September 22
  • 2K Games releases the Civilization IV: Colonization game for personal computers. [2517.112] [2559.33]
September (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US for the month: Spore. [2523.132]
  • Personal computer market share: Apple Mac OS X 8.23 percent. [2542.14]
October 28
  • Electronic Arts releases the Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 computer game for Windows computers. [2523.113]
October (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: Fallout 3. [2596.80]
November 13
  • Blizzard releases the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King game for personal computers. [2559.36] [2582.13]
November 17
  • Valve releases the Left 4 Dead game for personal computers. [2559.36]
November (month)
  • Personal computer operating system market share: Apple Mac OS X 8.9 percent. [2544.14]
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. [2559.88]
December (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. [2560.96]
  • Personal computer operating system market share: Apple Mac OS X 9.63 percent. [2544.14]

2009

January 28
  • A Federal judge in Arizona rules that MDY Industries is guilty of copyright infringement for its Glider software which plays Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft online game unattended. [2539.16]
January (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. [2561.92]
February 19
  • THQ releases the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II game for personal computers in the USA. [2560.91] [2580.31]
February (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. [2562.92]
March 3
  • Sega releases the Empire: Total War game for personal computers in the USA. [2562.84] [2580.31]
March (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: Empire: Total War. [2563.94]
April (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. [2564.92]
May (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. [2565.94]
June 2
  • Electronic Arts releases The Sims 3 game for personal computers in the USA. [2562.70] [2563.35] [2564.89] [2580.33]
June 30
  • Microsoft discontinues its Microsoft Money software. [2556.11]
June (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 3. [2566.98]
July (month)
  • Top selling personal computer game in the USA for the month: The Sims 3. [2567.102]
August
  • US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules Novell does not own copyright ownership of Unix due to error by judge in 2007 who awarded Novell ownership. [2557.11]
October 29
  • In England, the 27th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony is held, for games released between May 2008 and May 2009. PC game of the year is \iFallout 3\i. [2501]
December 22
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upholds a US$290 million jury verdict for i4i against Microsoft for patent infringement by the Microsoft Word program. Microsoft is barred from selling the current Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office as of January 11. The company will modify the programs to remove the disputed feature, which relates to the use of XML. [2322]

2010

July 22
  • Comedy Central airs the Futurama TV show in the USA. A sign on a Mexican building reads "ADOBE PHOTO SHOPPE", a play on the name of Adobe PhotoShop software. [2608]
July 27
  • Blizzard Entertainment releases the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty game for personal computers in the US. [2598.96] [2600.65] [2603.32] [2613.40] [2632.51]
September 21
  • 2K Games releases the Civilization V game for personal computers in the US. [2602.47] [2603.33] [2615.38] [2632.51]
December 7
  • PopCap Games releases the Bejewelled 3 game for Windows and MacOS computers in the US. [2599.88]

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