- The Apple Computer Company is incorporated.
- Apple employees move into an office on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino,
- A working model of the first Radio Shack computer is demonstrated to
company president, Charles Tandy.
- Commodore's Chuck Peddle shows the first PET to Radio Shack, hoping
to have Radio Shack sell it.
- Xerox puts David Liddle in charge of developing the Alto computer into
a marketable product.
- The first ComputerLand franchise is opened in Morristown, New Jersey,
under the name Computer Shack.
- Apple Computer moves from Jobs' garage to an office in Cupertino.
- Bill Gates and Paul Allen sign a partnership agreement to officially
create the Microsoft company.
- The First West Coast Computer Faire is held, in San Francisco's Brooks
Civic Auditorium. Nearly 13,000 attended the weekend event.
- Commodore Business Machines Inc. unveils its PET computer at the West
Coast Computer Faire. The PET includes a 6502 CPU, 4KB RAM, 14KB ROM,
keyboard, display, and tape drive, for US$600.
- Apple Computer introduces the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire.
The computer features a 6502 CPU, 4KB RAM, 16KB ROM, keyboard, 8-slot
motherboard, game paddles, graphics/text interface to color display, and
built-in BASIC, for US$1300. It is the first personal computer with color
- Apple Computer delivers its first Apple II system.
- 10 months after its introduction, 175 Apple I kits have sold.
- Pertec buys MITS and the Altair line for US$6 million in stock.
- Camp Retupmoc, the first week-long computer camp, is held in Terre
- Apple II computers are shipped to Europe by independent distributor
- Microsoft ships "Microsoft FORTRAN" for CP/M-based computers.
- Radio Shack (a division of Tandy Corp.) announces the TRS-80 microcomputer,
with Z80 CPU, 4KB RAM, 4KB ROM, keyboard, black-and-white video display,
and tape cassette for US$600.
- One month after launching the TRS-80, 10,000 are sold, despite sales
projections of only 3,000 in the first year.
- Radio Shack opens its first all-computer store, in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Apple Computer releases Applesoft, a version of BASIC with floating-point
capabilities. It is licenced from Microsoft.
- Paul Terrell sells his chain of 74 Byte Shops, valued at US$4 million.
- At an executive board meeting at Apple Computer, president Mike Markkula
lists the floppy disk drive as the company's top goal.
- Steve Wozniak writes the floppy disk controller software for use with
the Apple II.
- Microsoft wins a legal battle with Pertec, on ownership of the BASIC
Gates and Allen wrote and licensed to MITS.
- (fall) Microsoft grants Apple Computer a license to Microsoft's BASIC.
- Vector Graphic Inc. introduces the Vector Graphic I system.
- The first issue of Personal Computing is published, by David Bunnell.
- Compu-Serv changes its name to CompuServe Incorporated.
- Bally completes designs of a home computer.
- Dan Bricklin conseives the idea for the VisiCalc spreadsheet program.
- Heath Company introduces the H-8 personal computer kit, based on the
- Officials of the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health first begin measuring radio-frequency radiation from display monitors.
They report emmissions are too low for their instruments to measure.
- The Altair Software Distribution Company changes its name to Peachtree
- IMSAI licences use of CP/M for its microcomputers for US$25,000.
- Atari introduces the Atari Video Computer System (VCS), later renamed
the Atari 2600.
- Gilbert Hyatt adds a claim to a single-chip computer to his 1970 patent