2000: The millennium bug comes off
- The world can breathe out. The millennium bug does not appear to cause any major problems.
- At the beginning of the year, the IT bubble is at its most inflated. Dotcom companies like Front Fab and Icon shooting up like rockets on the stock market.
- The IT bubble begins to burst when the popular online store Boo.com (pictured) goes bankrupt in May.
- Windows Millennium Edition is launched. Unlike its predecessors Windows 95 and Windows 98, Windows Millennium is unstable and users do not appreciate it at all.
- Handheld computers are the hottest thing you can have in your pocket. The most talked about model, Palmis launched in a version with a color screen.
- Lovelets becomes one of the world’s most talked about viruses, and Microsoft receives fierce criticism for poor security.
- Scam companies like Trom Brom Strom scams surfers out of money by dialing up expensive paylines using the modem.
- Wap makes it possible with the internet in the mobile phone. The technology was already launched in 1998, but it is only now that it is being used on a broad front.
- The first the usb stick is displayed at the major IT fair Comdex.
- Lunarstorm, which is an online community for teenagers, sees the light of day. But it takes a few years before the big breakthrough.
2001: Devastation in the wake of dotcom death
- The dotcom death, i.e. the crisis in the IT industry, reaps great victims. Online stores like Let’s buy it and Sumo goes bankrupt and Bonniers shuts down its large portal investment Check.
- Mass layoffs at the IT companies. During March alone, 20,000 people get to attend Cisco, Motorola and Compaq.
- Shock price increases on broadband. The vision of broadband for SEK 200 a month does not hold. Telia increases, for example, the monthly fee from SEK 250 to SEK 325 per month.
- Bill Gates loses the role of the world’s richest man.
- MSN Messenger overtaking ICQ as the most popular chat program.
- First the dvd player with recording is launched. Slowly the vhs video begins to approach the grave.
- World Trade Centre-the attack also affects the internet. It turns out that the major news sites can’t handle the onslaught of visitors.
- Windows XP is launched. Considering that the predecessor Windows Millennium got a bad reputation, it is a long-awaited launch.
- The Swedish the 3g licenses is handed out
2002: Napster dies
- Bill Gates receives a doctorate at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
- Telia’s monopoly on adsl, i.e. broadband via the telephone network, is being challenged by companies such as Spray and Bostream. The first subscriptions with up to 8 megabits per second are launched.
- For the first time, it will be possible to submit your self-declaration to Tax Agency on the Internet.
- the tale of Napster ends when the company files for bankruptcy. Launched in 1999, Napster is the first truly popular tool for downloading pirated music online.
- Netscapewhich was once the world’s most used browser, goes under the 4 percent barrier.
- The libraries starts lending out audiobooks.
- First tablet pc:n is launched, i.e. a laptop with a touch screen that can be rotated.
- The flat screens overtaking the big clumsy CRT monitors in sales.
2003: The Internet challenges Telia’s monopoly
- Dell becomes the first major PC manufacturer to remove the floppy disk drive. Instead, you should use a USB stick.
- The broadband company is first out with real internet telephony. It is therefore possible to call without Telia – with your normal phone and without a computer.
- Swedish developed Skype (pictured) launches its service, and suddenly it becomes possible to easily call for free via the computer.
- The rules for see addresses liberalized. Previously, only limited companies could get a real se address, but now they are opened to everyone.
- Apple opens its music store iTunes Music Store in the USA, but in Sweden it will take some time before we can go shopping.
- The virtual world Second Life is born, but it takes a few years before it has its big breakthrough. It was not until 2007 that Carl Bildt, for example, opened the Swedish embassy here.
2004: Now we start buying legal music
- China is becoming an increasingly important IT nation, and in 2004 the impossible happened. Unknown Chinese Lenovo buys up the American giant IBM:’s PC division.
- Facebook sees the light of day, but initially only American students are interested.
- Google is more than a search company. One of the first things to be launched is the email service Gmailwhich attracts with a mailbox of 1 gigabyte.
- Broadband speeds are increasing. The broadband company opens the service for 100 megabits per second.
- After a long wait, it will be possible to buy digital music via a legal, Swedish service. Inprodicon is the name of the supplier, and you sell via, among other things Åhlén’s and Ben’s.
- Microsoft has for several years completely dominated the market for browsers, but now the upstart is being launched Firefox. The program is made with open source code, and entices with new features and functions.
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