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1996–2021: 25 Years Of Tech and Of Intivix

This month (October 2021), Intivix is celebrating its 25th year in business. Yep, 25 years of supporting local business (in the San Francisco Bay area) with IT consulting services. In honor of our 25th year, we thought it would be fun to look back at a few of the technology launches from the year we opened our doors — 1996.

1996 Technology

  • Gaming: The Nintendo 64 launched in 1996 and was the first home console to feature an analog stick as its primary control.
  • Watching Videos/Movies: The DVD was released in 1996 and began the demise of the once highly sought-after VHS tape.
  • Popular Technology Toy: Tickle Me Elmo was the hot holiday toy for the year.
  • Virtual Toy: The Tamagotchi was the original virtual pet, enabling kids to take care of a pet in the palm of their hands.
  • Cell Phones: Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia were the popular cell phones at the time. These phones were much smaller than their original bulky phone of the ’80s and early ‘90s.
  • Email: If you used email or had access to send emails, you might have been using a hotmail.com account, which launched in 1996.
  • Digital Cameras: If you were taking pictures, you were carrying a camera (not your phone). In 1996 we saw the launch of the Canon PowerShot 600, which was the first consumer model that could write images to a hard disk drive. It cost around $950.
  • Television: Digital satellite dishes hit the market.
  • Top Internet Sites: AOL, WebCrawler, and Netscape were some of the popular sites.
  • Average Time Spent Online: Most Americans who had internet access spent 30 minutes or less surfing online.

While 1996 may seem like ancient times in terms of technology, it paved the way for new technologies, including:

  • 1998: Google was incorporated in September 1998.
  • 1999: WiFi becomes available to the public.
  • 1999: The first Blackberry launches.
  • 2001: The first iPod is invented (able to hold 1,000 songs)
  • 2001: Digital satellite radio is invented.
  • 2002: A bill was filed to create the Department of Homeland Security (took on responsibilities for IT infrastructure)
  • 2003: MySpace launches.
  • 2004: Facebook debuts.
  • 2005: YouTube launches.
  • 2006: Twitter enters the scene.
  • 2006: The Nintendo Wii launches.
  • 2007: The first iPhone hits the market.
  • 2008: Android OS cell phones exist.
  • 2008: Google Chrome launches.
  • 2010: The first iPad becomes available.
  • 2010: Instagram debuts.
  • 2012: Super HD 4K TVs debut.
  • 2012: Slack enters the scene.
  • 2014: Amazon Echo and Alexa enter our world.
  • 2015: Apple Watch debuts.
  • 2016: Apple AirPods launch.
  • 2017: TikTok launches.
  • 2019/2020: 5G rolls out.
  • 2020: Apple iPhone SE.
  • 2020: OLED TV RX.2007: The first iPhone hits the market.
  • 2008: Android OS cell phones exist.
  • 2008: Google Chrome launches.
  • 2010: The first iPad becomes available.
  • 2010: Instagram debuts.
  • 2012: Super HD 4K TVs debut.
  • 2012: Slack enters the scene.
  • 2014: Amazon Echo and Alexa enter our world.
  • 2015: Apple Watch debuts.
  • 2016: Apple AirPods launch.
  • 2017: TikTok launches.
  • 2019/2020: 5G rolls out.
  • 2020: Apple iPhone SE.
  • 2020: OLED TV RX.

What’s coming next? You could check out our “Technology Trends To Watch For In 2021” post from earlier this year, but you could also just sit back and enjoy the ride. At the rate things are going, expect some pretty big and unique advancements in the coming years — and for them to come rapidly. That seems to have been the overarching trend over the last 25 years.

As for us, we plan to be here for our clients. Supporting their managed-IT, co-managed IT, and cybersecurity needs for the next 25 years.

Here’s to the next 25 years, everyone!

Intivix offers managed and co-managed IT consulting services that let you stop worrying about problems, and empower you to focus on your business.