It was a year of revolutionary change, from Silicon Valley to the Supreme Court. Markets gyrated, companies metamorphosed, and the government lost control of the Internet. In this special series, NEWS.COM looks back at 1997 and sheds some light on what it all means.
Don't miss the year's most notable predictions, reviews, games, and downloads from CNET's sites, as well as five-minute flashbacks from CNET Radio.
No end in sight for spam
The most hated aspect of life online, junk email, thrived in 1997 despite widespread hatred of it and various strategies to get rid of it.
Search engines, online services meld in 1997
The year in browsers
Database firms under commodity pressure
The sub-$1,000 PC: The future has arrived, and it's on a budget
1997: A good year for tech stocks
Sun, MS: 100 percent pure slugfest
Debating Java's rightful place
Network market moves to switches
Net earnings: E-commerce in 1997
Life after the CDA: Censorship
1997 IPOs sputter, then pick up