2005: Finally we watch TV when we want
- SVT makes a range of old television programs available to the public through the service Open archive. In 2006, SVT made an even bigger investment with the launch of SVT Play.
- iTunes Music Store is launched in Sweden, and sells music to everyone who has the iTunes program on their computers.
- Youtube is launched, and suddenly it becomes easy to watch and publish videos on the Internet.
- The online auction company Ebay buys the telephony service Skype for 19 billion. The purchase turns out to be a total flop, and last fall Ebay sold large parts of Skype for a fraction of what it once paid.
- With the launch of Windows Media Center Edition Microsoft hopes that we will connect our computers and televisions. But so far the living room revolution has failed to materialise.
- Sweden gets a new one copyright law which makes it forbidden to download music without the author’s permission. The old law only prohibited publication.
2006: Wiiiii, what a fun game!
- The tougher copyright law is one of the reasons why The Pirate Party is formed. The party says it fights for privacy issues when it comes to the internet.
- Laila Freivalds resigns after she forced a web hosting company to close the Sweden Democrats’ site. The background was that they had published the controversial Danish Muhammad caricatures.
- Now users no longer have to choose between Mac and PC. The Apple program Boot camp makes it possible to run Windows even on Mac computers.
- The first chapter of the so-called Pirate Bay– the trial is written as the police raid. The site is suspected of copyright infringement.
- Google launches word processing and spreadsheet programs. The spectacular thing is that they are not installed on the computer but run via the browser. Today, this is usually called “cloud software”.
- Just before the parliamentary elections, the Social Democrats reveal that leading People’s Party members have accessed the party’s internal network The soap. Reason: An s-ombudsman had revealed that his login details were “sigg, sigg”.
- Google buys the video service Youtube.
- The game console Wii is launched. The surprising thing is that you play by moving your body.
- The first microblogs see the light of day with the founding of American Twitter and Finnish Jaiku. However, the breakthrough for these services, where you write a maximum of 140 characters, comes a couple of years later.
2007: Security is questioned everywhere
- Internet banks’ security is questioned since hackers have gained access to users’ money. Nordea is worst affected, and the bank quickly decides to abolish the insecure scratch codes, which were previously used for login.
- Safety is in focus when Windows Vista is launched. Unfortunately, Microsoft forgets about ease of use, making Windows Vista one of the company’s biggest PR flops.
- A surprising ruling from the European Court of Justice states that it is permissible to buy net spirits. But since Swedish tax must be paid, it will still not be a good deal.
- Apple shakes up the mobile industry with the launch of iPhonealthough initially only Americans can buy the phone.
- Medicine promises to sell laptops for around a thousand – but the whole venture soon turns out to be a scam.
- Microsoft buys parts of the successful site Facebook.
2008: Everyone wants a netbook
- The trial against The Pirate Bay begins
- HD DVD goes to the grave, and blu-ray remains the sole winner. But more and more users prefer movies and TV via the Internet to all kinds of plastic discs.
- Openid is launched. The service makes it possible to log in to several different sites with the same username and password.
- After long discussions and a storm among the bloggers, the Riksdag adopts the controversial one The FRA Act. However, it is softened after all the protests
- iPhone begins to be sold in Sweden as well.
- The light and cheap ones netbook-computers make a big splash, and are named Christmas Gift of the Year.
- The Swedish music service Spotify becomes available to the public. Here are millions of songs that can be listened to legally and free of charge. However, those who want to avoid advertising must pay.
- The traditional hard drive is getting competition. More and more laptops are equipped with ssd driveswhich is based on the same technology as the USB stick.
2009: The pirates enter politics
- The pirate movement is beginning to take place in politics. In the last election to the European Parliament got The Pirate Party two mandates.
- The people behind the pirate site The Pirate Bay is sentenced to 30 million in damages for infringement of the Copyright Act.
- The company Global Gaming Factory Says he wants to buy The Pirate Baybut the deal runs into the sand.
- The Ipred Act enters into force. It means that the operators must be forced to reveal who is pirating.
- First Android-phone sees the light of day – and suddenly the internet is seriously moving into the mobile phone.
- Swedish Voddler is launched. The service works in the same way as Spotify – but for movies. So far, it is only available in a test version.
- After a long wait, Microsoft releases Windows 7. The reviews are good, above all compared to the predecessor Windows Vista.
- SVT gets competition on the web with the launch of TV4 Play. Today, all major Swedish TV channels have so-called play services, where you watch programs afterwards on the web.
- Kindle is released in Sweden – and suddenly this thing with reading tablets for e-books is hot again.
- Telia opens the first Swedish 4g networki.e. the 3g mobile network’s successor.
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