Eighteen years ago the co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin went on a mission to organize an endless amount of information on the web, hence giving birth to Google.
It was in 1997 that Google.com was registered as a domain. Google since then has come a long way and seen tremendous growth. The innovations of Google subsequently become a part and parcel of our life. It has given a new meaning to the lives of millions of people around the globe.
On Google’s 18th birthday, we bring you its 18 milestones:
Year 2000: Google became the world’s largest search engine.
Year 2001: ‘Images’ search was launched with over 25o images indexed.
Year 2003: Google bought Blogger, the blogging platform.
Year 2004: Launch of Gmail with a beta version. It became available to the public only in 2007. It further upgraded its services from beta to Google App suite and more in the coming years. The year 2004 launched Desktop serach.
Year 2005: Google launched Google maps. It also acquired Urchin, a technology used to create Google Analytics. Indeed a landmark year. It added to its long list, Android, a Linux based operating system designed for touch screen mobile services.
Year 2006: Video sharing website YouTube was purchased.
Year 2008: Chrome browser is unveiled by Google.
Year 2009: Google launches its Chrome OS for netbooks.
Year 2010: The first Nexus smartphone handset , Nexus One was launched.
Year 2011: Google announced its plans to purchase Motorala Mobility.
Year 2012: Google launched the Play store and further unveiled Google Glass.
Year 2013: Google bought Waze to enhance its mapping software.
Year 2014: Google Maps was made available in Hindi language, voice, accent, and navigation.
Year 2015: Sundar Pichai named as its CEO