The first commercial SSD was introduced by SanDisk in 1991. Among other advantages Solid-state drives are not limited by any mechanical parts and are able to be configured to fit in many more devices that a traditional Optical Hard drive.
Doom (Video Game)
The first person shooter video game Doom was released by id Software, leading to some of the first player modified levels and changes of a games appearance.
The programming language Java developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystem was released. It promised WORA or Write Once, Run Anywhere functionality.
IEEE introduced 802.11 the wireless network standard in June of 1997 allowing computer users to be more mobile than ever.
RIM released the BlackBerry smart phone, a product that would be many users first introduction to a mobile device with advanced capabilities.