Growth of Home PC’s and Internet Use Expansion – TwC Interactive Timeline Part 1

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Ten years ago, Bill Gates sent a companywide memo stating that Microsoft must make trustworthy computing the highest priority for the company and for the industry over the next decade. He predicted the computing would become an integral and indispensable part of almost everything that people do. Bill recognized that Microsoft and the technology industry needed to prioritize security, privacy, and availability to instill trust in computing.

As part of the marking of the Trustworthy Computing milestone, an Interactive Timeline has been created outlining some of the seminal events that have occurred over the last decade.

Update

View Part 2: Rise of Malicious Software and Increasing Privacy Concerns – TwC Interactive Timeline

View Part 3: TwC Memo, SDL and XP SP2 – TwC Interactive Timeline

View Part 4: Software Update Validation Program and Microsoft Malware Protection Center Establishment – TwC Interactive Timeline

View Part 5: Security Research Community and BlueHat Prize Inception – TwC Interactive Timeline

View Part 6: Online Safety: “Protect Your PC” and Stop. Think. Connect. – TwC Interactive Timeline

View Part 7: Microsoft Active Protections Program and Battling Botnets – TwC Interactive Timeline

Growth of Home PC’s

Growth of Home PCsThe use of home computers saw a rise at the start of the new millennium, fueled in part by decreasing prices, new technology innovations and adoption within the developing world. Coupled with more than 500 million personal computers in use worldwide in 2001, these factors helped to drive the “Digital Decade.” 

Internet Use Expansion

Internet Use ExpansionThe Internet has its origins back to the 1960s and has had a significant impact on the world in which we live. Internet usage globally is growing faster than the worldwide population, with 6.4 percent of people online in 2000 and increasing at an ever faster rate. As the Internet has evolved, so have the challenges. 

 

Resources and links

o Bill Gates Digital Decade Essay (2001)

o DARPA

o Worldwide Internet Usage (United Nations)

o Worldwide Population (United Nations)

o Part 2: Rise of Malicious Software and Increasing Privacy Concerns – TwC Interactive Timeline 

o Part 3: TwC Memo, SDL and XP SP2 – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 4: Software Update Validation Program and Microsoft Malware Protection Center Establishment – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 5: Security Research Community and BlueHat Prize Inception – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 6: Online Safety: “Protect Your PC” and Stop. Think. Connect. – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 7: Microsoft Active Protections Program and Battling Botnets – TwC Interactive Timeline

 

You can view the full Interactive Timeline here.