- Forethought releases FileMaker for the Macintosh, for US$199.
- The Winter Consumer Electronics Show is held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Commodore unveils the Commodore 128 Personal Computer. It functions
as three computers in one: a complete Commodore 64, a CP/M mode, and a
new 128KB mode.
- Atari introduces the 65XE, for US$120. Variations include the 65XEM
with a built-in 8-voice synthesizer, and the 65XEP with built-in monitor
and 3.5 inch disk drive.
- Atari introduces the 130XE, with 128KB RAM.
- Atari introduces the 130ST: 128KB RAM, 192KB ROM, 512 color graphics,
MIDI interface, and mouse for US$400.
- Atari introduces the 520ST: 512KB RAM, 192KB ROM, 512 color graphics,
MIDI interface, and mouse for US$600.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Word 1.0 for the Macintosh.
- Microsoft shows Apple's Steve Jobs the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
for the first time. Jobs is not impressed, claiming that Lotus Development's
Jazz would be more popular.
- Compaq Computer reports second year revenues of US$329 million, an
- Coleco sells off its Adam inventory and leaves the computer business.
- Apple Computer officially renames the Lisa the Macintosh XL.
- Apple Computer releases the Apple LaserWriter laser printer.
- Satellite Software International ships WordPerfect Jr. for US$200.
It is designed for use on the IBM PCjr.
- Former Microsoft founder Paul Allen founds Asymetrix.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Word 2.0 for DOS.
- Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak resigns from Apple Computer,
to start a company that will develop home video products.
- IBM releases TopView, for US$150.
- Apple Computer introduces the Apple Enhanced IIe.
- IBM announces that it will cease production and promotion of the IBM
- IBM abandons production of the IBM PCjr.
- The Macintosh XL (formerly called Lisa) is dropped from Apple Computer's
- Compaq Computer introduces the Compaq Deskpro 286 and Portable 286.
- John Sculley essentially fires Steve Jobs at Apple Computer.
- Microsoft introduces Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, in New York.
- Lotus Development releases Lotus Jazz for the Macintosh, for US$595.
- Microsoft demonstrates Microsoft Windows at Spring Comdex. Release
date is set for June, at a price of US$95.
- Microsoft releases a revised Microsoft Word 1 for the Macintosh.
- Mike Markkula backs John Sculley's decision to "banish" Steve Jobs
from any official duties at Apple Computer.
- Apple Computer reports its first quarterly loss.
- Microsoft announces Windows 1.0.
- Apple Computer introduces the UniDisk 5.25 single 5.25-inch floppy
disk drive, with the ability to daisy-chain additional drives through
- Commodore unveils the new Amiga 1000 in New York. It features a multitasking,
windowing operating system, using a Motorola 68000 CPU, with 256KB RAM,
and 880KB 3.5-inch disk drive, for US$1300.
- Micrografx releases its first Microsoft Windows application, In*A*Vision.
- Wang announces a series of products to turn PCs into local and remote
- Aldus releases Aldus PageMaker for the Apple Macintosh, for US$495.
- Quarterdeck Office Systems ships DESQview 1.0.
- Microsoft and IBM sign a joint-development agreement to work together
on future operating systems and environments.
- Electronic Arts releases DeluxePaint for the Amiga. DeluxePaint was
a rewrite of Prism for the IBM PC, which was an enhanced port of Doodle,
created on a Xerox syystem.
- Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs resigns from Apple Computer.
- The one millionth copy of Microsoft Multiplan is sold.
- Steve Jobs and five senior managers of Apple Computer Inc. found NeXT
- Computer company Gateway 2000 is formed, in Sioux City, Iowa, USA.
- Lotus Development ships Lotus 1-2-3 Release 2.0.
- Satellite Software International ships WordPerfect 4.1 for US$500.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh 512K.
- Apple Computer introduces the UniDisk 3.5, a double-sided 3.5-inch
disk drive, capable of storing 800KB per disk.
- Apple Computer releases the Apple ImageWriter II printer.
- Cauzin releases Cauzin SoftStrips, a form of barcode technology for
publishing computer files in magazines, to be scanned into Macintosh computers.
- Intel introduces the 16-MHz 80386DX microprocessor. It uses 32-bit
registers and a 32-bit data bus, and incorporates 275,000 transistors
(1.5 microns). Initial price is US$299. It can access 4 gigabytes of physical
memory, or up to 64 terabytes of virtual memory.
- Microsoft France releases a French version of Multiplan 2.0 for the
- Apple Computer discontinues its 128K Mac.
- IBM announces its token ring network.
- General Electric Information Services begins the GEnie online service.
- Hayes Microcomputer Products is issued a patent for the "Improved Escape
Sequence with Guard Time", a technique to put a modem into command mode.
- AT&T Computer Systems introduces the PC 6300 Plus.
- Microsoft ships Microsoft Windows 1.0, for US$100. It is delivered
two years after the initial announcement of the product.
- Tandy announces it will offer Digital Research's GEM graphical user
interface for its microcomputers.
- Apple Computer and Microsoft sign an agreement regarding Microsoft's
use of Apple's copyrights on the visual display of the Macintosh.
- Ashton-Tate delivers dBase III Plus.
- VisiCorp files for bankruptcy.
- Mitch Kapor and Dan Bricklin make a deal to sell Software Arts to Lotus
- The Advanced RISC Machine (ARM), a 32-bit processor for home use, is
shipped. Its first application is in an accelerator card for Acorn PCs.
- Chips & Technologies releases its first product, a set of five
chips that are equivalent to 63 smaller chips on an IBM PC AT motherboard.
- IBM introduces Token-Ring networking.
- IBM announces the PC Network software, its first networking software
- Photonics Corporation begins developing Photolink, a wireless infrared
LAN technology for the Apple Macintosh.
- U.S. Robotics introduces the Courier 2400 modem.
- Intel introduces the 80287 math coprocessor.
- Manfred Schmitt founds computer manufacturer ESCOM, in Germany.
- Microsoft purchases all rights to DOS from Seattle Computer Products
- Motorola unveils its 68008 CPU chip.
- Novell introduces NetWare 2.0 network operating system.
- Sun Microsystems begins work on its SPARC processor.
- Ashton-Tate buys Forefront, maker of Framework.
- As part of the Microsoft Office advertisement campaign, Apple Computer
runs a TV ad called "Lemmings", showing blindfolded business executives
walking off a cliff.
- Steve Wozniak returns to Apple Computer.
- Mimic Systems announces the Spartan, a hardware upgrade for the Commodore
64 that turns it into an Apple IIe.
- Commodore Business Machines and Electronic Arts create the Interchange
Film Format (IFF) for graphics, sound, text, animation, and other file
- Software Arts sells the rights to VisiCalc to Mitch Kapor, of Lotus
Development, for US$800,000.
- Nintendo introduces the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US.
- Michael Ehman founds Ehman, Incorporated, as a Macintosh peripherals
- Broderbund releases the first game in the Carmen Sandiego series.
- Iomega introduces its Bernoulli storage cartridge system to the Macintosh
- In the Micro/Vest versus Bill Millard (ComputerLand) lawsuit, Millard
is ordered to hand over 20% of ComputerLand stock to Micro/Vest, plus
US$141 million in punitive damages.
- Ashton-Tate buys MultiMate International Corporation.