- Microsoft releases MS-DOS 3.25.
- Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh Plus. It features a 8-MHz 68000
processor, 1 MB RAM, SCSI connector for hard drive support, a new keyboard
with cursor keys and numeric keypad, and an 800 KB 3.5-inch floppy drive.
Price is US$2600.
- Apple Computer introduces the LaserWriter Plus printer.
- John Sculley becomes chairman of Apple Computer.
- Compaq Computer reports third year revenues of US$503.9 million, a
U.S. business record.
- Eric Graham shows his "Juggler" demo animation on the Amiga, showing
the Amiga's capabilities of ray-traced animation merged with digitized
- IBM announces the IBM RT Personal Computer, using RISC-based technology
from IBM's "801" project of the mid-70s. It is one of the first commercially-available
32-bit RISC-based computers. The base configuration has 1MB RAM, a 1.2MB
floppy, and 40 MB hard drive, for US$11,700. With performance of only
2 MIPS, it is doomed from the beginning.
- Microsoft releases MS-DOS 3.2. It adds support for 3.5-inch 720 KB
floppy disk drives.
- The first issue of Amazing Computing for users of the Commodore Amiga
- Compaq Computer introduces the Compaq Portable II.
- Quarterdeck Office Systems ships DESQview 1.1.
- Quarterdeck Office Systems ships DESQview 1.2.
- Microsoft moves from Bellevue to Redmond, Washington.
- Microsoft releases a French version of Windows 1.02.
- Apple Computer acquires rights to publish a French database program,
4th Dimension, in the US.
- The First International Conference on CD-ROM is held in Seattle, Washington,
hosted by Microsoft.
- IBM begins shipping the IBM RT PC.
- Microsoft first sells shares to the public, for US$21 per share. The
initial public offering raises US$61 million. Bill Gates quickly becomes
the world's youngest billionaire.
- Silicon Graphics decides to switch from the Motorola 68000 line to
MIPS Technologies' line of RISC processors.
- Burrell Smith and Michael Boich start Radius, Inc., to produce Apple
Macintosh enhancement products.
- IBM announces the IBM PC Convertible, 80C88-based, 256K RAM, and two
720K floppy disks, for US$2000.
- IBM discontinues the IBM Portable PC.
- Satellite Software International ships Student WordPerfect for US$75.
- IBM boosts the speed of the IBM PC AT by replacing the CPU with a 8-MHz
- Jim Manzi is named chief executive officer of Lotus Development Corp.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Word 3.0 for DOS.
- Compaq Computer joins the Fortune 500 list faster than any company
- Compaq Computer ships its 500,000th personal computer.
- Apple Computer discontinues the original Macintosh.
- Apple Computer discontinues the Macintosh 512K.
- Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh 512K Enhanced, for US$2000.
It features an 8-MHz 68000 processor, 512 KB RAM, and 800 KB 3.5-inch
- Satellite Software International changes its name to WordPerfect Corporation.
- Systems incorporating MIPS Technologies' R2000 processor begin shipping.
- Apple Computer discontinues the Macintosh XL.
- Jim Manzi is appointed chairman of Lotus Development.
- Byte by Byte releases Sculpt 3-D for the Amiga, the first 3-D modelling
program to ship for the Amiga.
- Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development, resigns.
- Intel ships the 80386.
- Microsoft announces Works for the Macintosh.
- Little-known company Advanced Logic Research announces the first 386-based
PC, the Access 386.
- Compaq Computer introduces the first 16-MHz Intel 80386-based PC, the
Compaq Deskpro 386.
- Apple Computer introduces the Apple IIGS, with the Apple 3.5 drive,
for US$1000. It uses the Western Digital Center W65C816 (65816) microprocessor,
operating at 1-MHz or 2.8-MHz.
- Apple Computer releases AppleWorks 2.0.
- Apple Computer introduces the Apple 3.5 drive for the Mac and the Apple
- IBM announces the IBM PC-XT Model 286, with 640KB RAM, 1.2MB floppy
drive, 20MB hard drive, serial/parallel ports, and keyboard for US$4000.
- Leon Williams is made president of MicroPro.
- Quarterdeck Office Systems ships DESQview 1.3.
- Steve Jobs decides to use the ill-fated erasable optical disk drives
for the first NeXT machine.
- WordPerfect ships WordPerfect 4.2 for US$500.
- Microsoft announces Microsoft Word 3.0 for the Macintosh.
- The first AmiEXPO is held, in New York City.
- Impulse releases Silver 1.0 for the Amiga.
- Ashton-Tate ships the one millionth copy of dBase.
- Lotus Development releases a French version of Lotus 1-2-3 v2.0 in
- Aldus PageMaker is released for the PC.
- WordPerfect ships WordPerfect for the Apple IIgs for US$180.
- AT&T creates the first silicon fabrication of its CRISP architecture
CPU, incorporating 172,163 transistors, and operating at 16-MHz.
- Amstrad takes over the Sinclair computer operation, in England.
- Microsoft purchases Dymanical Systems, Inc., makers of a TopView clone
- Inmos releases the T800 Transputer, a RISC processor with integrated
- Motorola begins work on the 88000 processor.
- Digital Research introduces its GEM operating environment for MS-DOS.
- MIPS Technologies unveils the 8-MHz R2000 32-bit CPU. With 110,000
transistors, it achieves a speed rating of 5 MIPS.
- MIPS Technologies begins volume shipments of the R2000 processor.
- NexGen begins work on the design of a fifth generation x86 processor,
called the F86.
- Adobe introduces Adobe Illustrator, a PostScript drawing tool, for
- Motorola announces the 68030 microprocessor. It uses about 300,000
- Commodore releases Transformer software for the Amiga, which, along
with the Commodore 1020 5 1/4-inch disk drive, provides limited MS-DOS
- NEC Home Electronics introduces its NEC JC-1401P3A Multisync monitor,
the first multisyncing monitor.
- Software Publishing Corporation introduces Harvard Presentation Graphics
for the PC.
- Ashton-Tate buys Decision Resources.
- IBM begins work on what would become the IBM RS/6000 series.
- Gateway 2000 ships its first PC.
- The Small Computer System Interface (SCSI-1) standard is finalized
as ANSI X3.131-1986.
- AT&T produces a 32-bit CISC processor, the WE32100.