IBM History Timeline

Founded on May 6, 1911, originally under the name of CTR (Computing Tabulating Recording Company), IBM has survived and thrived for over a century. Throughout the years, the company has not only witnessed major historical events – it’s actually made history. A pioneer of information technology, the International Business Machines Corporation has been constantly bringing innovations to the field, and it now stands at the forefront of a global industry that’s revolutionizing the way people, businesses and organizations operate and thrive. To celebrate the giant’s 106th anniversary, let’s take a look back in time and see how it all started.

IBM History Timeline

The IBM History Timeline illustrates some of the major milestones and accomplishments in the vast history of the company, as well as important innovations and developments it’s brought to the computing industry. From developing the first hard drive and the floppy disk to aiding space exploration and introducing the Watson supercomputer to the world, the corporation has shaped technology as we know it today – no wonder its researchers have earned 5 Nobel Prizes, 6 Turing awards, and 10 National Medals of Technology, to name just a few.

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World Oceans Day History Timeline

Held every year on June 8, World Oceans Day is a UN-recognized celebration dedicated to honoring, protecting and conserving the Earth’s oceans, as well as raising global awareness of the current challenges they are facing. The campaign features a different theme every year, and the day is marked in a variety of ways, from launching new initiatives and developments to educational programs, conservation projects, beach and water cleanups, film festivals, and more.

World Oceans Day Timeline

The World Oceans Day theme for 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with a focus on preventing marine litter and managing plastic pollution. Hundreds of events are planned worldwide, and everyone is invited to attend the festivities and programs in their area or even organize their own. To celebrate World Oceans Day, let’s take a brief look at the history of the campaign.

The World Oceans Day Timeline marks major achievements in the history of the event and illustrates all themes explored from 2009 to present day. While the celebration was first proposed and observed unofficially in 1992, the UN recognized it formally only in late 2008. The first official World Oceans Day took place on June 8, 2009, and has since seen impressive growth in terms of awareness and participation. While the first official observance saw approximately 200 events worldwide, by 2015, the number increased to nearly 1,000. Although it didn’t fare as well in terms of on-site involvement compared to 2015, the 2016 edition enjoyed unprecedented online popularity, trending second on Twitter and reaching over 65 million people through the social network.

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Android Timeline

Google has just made available the public beta of Android O during its I/O 2017 conference held between May 17 and 19, which means everyone with a compatible device can now check out the new features before the official launch. Although an exact release date hasn’t been announced yet, Google stated that O will be coming later this summer. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the other Android releases and see what they have been up to.

Android Timeline

The Android Timeline illustrates all major versions of the mobile OS and their release dates, as well as an overview of their distribution among Android users, as reported by Google at the beginning of May. Variants with a market share lower than 0.1% were not included in the chart. As can be seen from the graphic, Lollipop and Marshmallow are the most popular platforms, each with a share of over 30%, while the relatively new Nougat reaches only 7.10%. Although Nougat’s percentage seems low, it is a considerable increase compared to the 4.10% it had in April 2017.

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Ransomware History Timeline

Beginning on May 12, 2017, a new cyberattack has wreaked havoc around the world, infecting over 200,000 machines in 150 countries. The culprit is the so-called WannaCry (a.k.a. WannaCrypt) ransomware and it has affected hospitals, banks, oil companies and other organizations worldwide. Usually contained within email attachments, the malicious software exploits a critical vulnerability in Windows and spreads rapidly across networks, locking away files and demanding payment in Bitcoins to decrypt the data. Fortunately, users can easily protect their machines by installing the latest Windows updates and ensuring their anti-virus software is up to date.

Ransomware Timeline

However worrisome the WannaCry attack is, it’s certainly not the only one of its kind. Cryptoviral extortion has been around for quite a while, and such cyberattacks have spiked considerably in the last few years. As a reminder of how important PC security is, let’s take a look into the history of ransomware.

The Ransomware Timeline illustrates the most infamous cryptoviral extortion attacks throughout history, starting from Archiveus, discovered in 2006, to the recent WannaCry malware. While Archiveus was not the first ransomware case ever, it was the first strain to use asymmetric encryption, making it unprecedentedly invasive and difficult to remove. The Trojan encrypted all files in the My Documents folder and demanded victims to make purchases from an online pharmacy to receive the password that would unlock their data.

As can be seen from the timeline, ransomware attacks have increased exponentially since 2011, when an unnamed Trojan was the first to leverage mainstream adoption of anonymous payment systems. Most importantly, according to recent IBM reports, cryptoviral extortion cases spiked 6,000% in 2016 compared to 2015. Considering these facts and the latest WannaCry attack, now it is more important than ever to take precautionary measures and increase PC security.

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What's Changed in Office Timeline

Thanks to valuable customer feedback and after months of hard work from our development team, we are excited to announce that Office Timeline has undergone a major redesign. The latest version of the add-in (3.14.00) comes with an improved interface and new features to help professionals create and customize timelines faster, smarter, and with greater control over their work.

Here’s what’s new in Office Timeline:

          Simplified the Office Timeline ribbon

The first major change users will notice after downloading the latest version of the add-in is that the Office Timeline ribbon has been simplified dramatically. In the past, the ribbon featured a variety of functions and customization options, as seen below:

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In the latest version of the add-in, you will see that many of those options have been removed to reduce crowding:

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However, they have not disappeared. Preceding versions of Office Timeline featured the Style Wizard on the ribbon. Now all Style Wizard functionality has now been moved into the new Style Pane, which enables faster timeline customization and provides simpler user experience.

          3-Step Timeline Creation

Before the latest update, users would build new timelines in 4 simple steps, using the Timeline Creation Wizard.

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The new version introduces even faster, 3-step timeline creation, removing the Style page from the Wizard and transferring its functionality to the Style pane.

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          The Style Pane

The Style Pane enables professionals to fully customize any item on a timeline in one single place, with just a few clicks.

  • 1. First, make sure the Style Pane button is activated.
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  • 2. To start customizing your timeline, simply click on a milestone, task, title or any other object you wish to style, and all customization options will appear in the Style Pane on the right.
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          Changes in Styling Options

The latest version of Office Timeline also comes with new styling features and functionality improvements, including:

  • 1. Task shape outline

Now, users can not only tweak task colors, sizes and spacing, but also add outlines to emphasize important tasks. To do so, simply select a task bar, click Outline, and choose the desired width and color.

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  • 2. Task % complete highlight options

Another new styling option brought by the latest update is the ability to highlight the percent complete indicator in any color, allowing users to add even more variety to their timelines:

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  • 3. Apply to all

By default, the Style Pane customizes individual timeline objects. If users wish to apply the same styling options to all similar objects on the timeline, they can do so in an instant by clicking Apply to all.

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It is important to note, however, that the function will impact all variables in the same styling group. For instance, when changing a task’s size and hitting Apply to all, the function will apply not only to the size of the selected item but to all the other tasks affecting their spacing, shape and color as well.

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The development team is constantly working to enhance Office Timeline and improve user experience. While the current release comes with many exciting changes, it is only the beginning: more updates will be coming soon and will bring even more enhancements, from improved Apply to all functionality to multi-select customization. Meanwhile, we are eager to hear your thoughts on the latest developments.

About Office Timeline Plus

Professionals spend a lot of time creating timelines, Gantt charts and other visuals to communicate their data more effectively at important meetings. Office Timeline makes the process faster and simpler, allowing users to:

  • work right inside PowerPoint, providing an easy, familiar and seamless experience
  • create simple, elegant visuals that are easy for audiences to understand and remember
  • instantly update timelines when their milestone or task data changes
  • scale from years and decades down to hours and minutes
  • easily print and share the PowerPoint timelines for improved collaboration.

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