- Intel introduces the 20-MHz 80386SX microprocessor. Speed is 2.5 MIPS.
- Commodore announces that 1 million Amiga computers have been sold.
- Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh SE/30, with MS-DOS and OS/2
disk compatibility. It uses a 16-MHz 68030 processor, and comes with 4-MB
RAM and 1.4 MB SuperDrive floppy drive, for US$4370. Price with an 80
MB hard drive is US$6500.
- Digital Equipment introduces its first RISC-based workstation, the
DECstation 3100, using the 16.7-MHz R2000 MIPS Technologies processor.
- Microsoft releases Quick Pascal, designed to compete with Borland International's
- Dolch Computer Systems ships their 25-MHz 386 portable system. It features
4MB RAM, 40MB hard drive, 64K cache, 640x400 electroluminescent flat-panel
display, 1.2MB 5 1/4-inch drive, SCSI I/O port, for US$9495.
- Santa Cruz Operations announces the Open Desktop user interface for
80386-based UNIX systems.
- The AmiExpo trade show for Amiga computers is held in New York City.
- At the AmiExpo trade show, Micro Momentum introduces The Journeyman,
a portable Amiga computer.
- Apple Computer introduces its Macintosh IIcx. It features a 16-MHz
68030 processor, 1 MB RAM, 1.4 MB SuperDrive, and 40 MB hard drive, for
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Word 4.0 for the Macintosh.
- A judge rules that Microsoft Windows 2.03 is not covered in the Apple
Computer / Microsoft 1985 agreement. This allows the issue to proceed
to trial, in the suit of Apple Computer against Microsoft filed in March
- Commodore ships the one millionth Amiga computer.
- VCPI becomes an accepted industry standard for 80386-specific software.
- The VESA graphics standard emerges, providing a uniform method of accessing
- Microsoft ships SQL Server.
- Intel announces the 25-MHz 486 microprocessor at Spring Comdex in Chicago,
Illinois. It integrates the 386, 387 math coprocessor, and adds an 8KB
primary cache. It uses 1.2 million transistors, employing 1-micron technology.
Initial price is US$900. Speed is 20 MIPS.
- Intel introduces the 33-MHz version of the 80386DX microprocessor and
80387 math co-processor. This version of the 387 incorporates new technology,
making it inherantly faster than previous 387 chips.
- Motorola announces the 68040 microprocessor. It uses about 1.2 million
- Motorola announces the 50-MHz version of the 68030 microprocessor.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Word 5.0 for DOS.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Excel 2.2 for the Macintosh. It can handle
spreadsheets up to 8 MB in size.
- Hewlett-Packard buys workstation maker Apollo Computer for US$476 million.
- Solbourne Computers Incorporated is the first to announce a line of
SPARC-based Sun-compatible computers.
- Apple Computer announces details of the System 7.0 Macintosh operating
- IBM introduces the Office Vision system. It took 4000 man-years of
work costing US$1 billion to produce.
- Apple Computer announces AppleTalk Phase 2.
- Claris releases AppleWorks 3.0.
- Lotus Development releases Lotus 1-2-3 3.0 for MS-DOS, two years after
its initial announcement.
- Apricot Computers announces the first 486-based PC, in London, England.
The VX FT system uses the 25-MHz Intel 80486 chip, IBM's MCA bus, and
is priced starting at US$18,000.
- Lotus Development ships Lotus 1-2-3 2.2 for MS-DOS.
- AmiEXPO is held in Chicago, Illinois.
- AT&T and Intel sign an agreement to produce 386-based PCs.
- Spectrum Digital Systems releases TrueForm for the Macintosh.
- Outbound demonstrates the Wallaby, code-name for a Mac-compatible portable
- Apple Computer introduces 1.4MB floppy drives for the Macintosh.
- Atari introduces the Atari TT, featuring a 16-MHz 68030 processor,
2MB RAM, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a built-in genlock device.
- Apple Computer and Microsoft announces an alliance to develop a new
font standard, TrueType, and page-description language TrueImage.
- Apple Computer announces the Macintosh Portable, featuring a 16-MHz
Motorola 68000 CMOS processor, 1 MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive, and 1.4 MB
SuperDrive, for US$6500.
- Apple Computer announces the Macintosh IIci, featuring a 25-MHz 68030
processor, 4 MB RAM, 80 MB hard drive, and 1.4 MB SuperDrive, for about
- IBM releases OS/2 1.2.
- Hewlett-Packard ships NewWave for Windows.
- Hewlett-Packard announces a US$3990 UNIX workstation based on the Motorola
- NeXT ships the first NeXT Computer systems.
- NeXT releases NextStep v1.0.
- France's Groupe Bull buys Zenith Data Systems for US$511 million.
- Microsoft releases Microsoft Excel for OS/2's Presentation Manager.
It is the first major application available for PM.
- Cyrix introduces the FasMath 83D87 math coprocessor, pin-compatible
with Intel's 387.
- The AmiExpo trade show for Amiga computers is held in Santa Clara,
- Compaq Computer introduces its first notebook PC, the Compaq LTE. It
weighs under seven pounds.
- Byte by Byte releases Sculpt 4-D for the Macintosh, for US$1500.
- SPEC releases version 1.0 of its SPEC Benchmark Suite.
- IBM signs a deal with NeXT to license the NextStep operating system,
for US$10 million.
- Weitek introduces the Weitek 4167 math coprocessor chip as an enhancement
to Intel's 486 CPU.
- WordPerfect ships WordPerfect 5.1 for US$500.
- An exhibition of videographics and electronic paintings is held at
the Cogburn Gallery on the University of Vermont's Burlington campus.
The works were all generated on an Amiga 1000.
- At fall Comdex, IBM strongly endorses Windows for low end PCs, and
Microsoft publicly endorses OS/2 as the future platform for higher-end
PCs. IBM and Microsoft agree to jointly develop a consistent, full-range
of systems software.
- Borland International releases the Quattro Pro 2.0 spreadsheet program.
- Compaq Computer introduces its first server PC, the Compaq Systempro.
This is also the first EISA PC.
- Commodore announces the Amiga 2500/30. It is essentially an Amiga 2000
with a 2630 Accelerator Board (25-MHz 68030 and 68882 math coprocessor).
- Lotus Development ships Lotus Notes.
- IBM demonstrates its new line of RISC System/6000 workstations.
- Xerox files a lawsuit challenging the validity of Apple Computer's
copyrights covering the Lisa and Macintosh computers' graphical user interface.
Xerox claims Apple Computer copied the Xerox Star system interface.
- Microsoft ships Word for Windows 1.0.
- Apple Computer releases 32-bit QuickDraw for the Macintosh.
- Harris Semiconductor introduces the a 25-MHz version of the 80286.
Price is US$142 each in quantities of 1000.
- The AmiExpo trade show for Amiga computers is held in Chicago, Illinois.
- Intel unveils the i860 RISC processor. It is the first microrprocessor
capable of executing two instructions per clock cycle.
- Intel releases the i960CA, a true superscalar microprocessor, capable
of executing two instructions at once.
- Samna introduces Ami Pro for Windows.
- Intel begins production of the 80486 microprocessor.
- MSC Technologies changes its name back to Mouse Systems Corporation.
- Hitachi sues Motorola, claiming the 68030 infringes on patents on Hitachi's
- Quote from a Lotus Development official, while demoing a new DOS version
of Lotus 1-2-3: "We don't see Windows as a long-term graphical interface
for the masses.".
- Hewlett-Packard introduces the HP DeskJet Plus inkjet printer. Price:
- SPARC International is formed.
- Informix releases the WingZ spreadsheet for the Macintosh.
- Creative Labs introduces the Sound Blaster, an 8-bit mono PC sound
- Sun Microsystems announces the 12.5 MIPS 20-MHz SPARCstation 1 for
a base price of US$9000.
- The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA)
is formed, to develop a memory card standard for PCs.
- Data General unveils its Aviion workstation line, based on the Motorola
- Mission Cyrus introduces the Darius ProPortable, the first PS/2-compatible
- Atari Computer introduces the Portfolio, a 1-pound DOS-based PC. It
uses a 4.92-MHz 80C88 processor, 240x64 resolution screen, and runs on
three AA batteries. Price: US$400.
- Zenith Data Systems introduces the Zenith MinisPort, a 6-pound laptop
- MicroPro International changes its name to WordStar International.
- Linus discontinues the WriteTop pen-based microcomputer.
- Hayes Microcomputer Products buys modem competitor Practical Peripherals.
- Texas Instruments wins official recognition in Japan of its patents
on integrated circuits of almost 30 years ago.
- Apple Corps files a lawsuit against Apple Computer, charging Apple
Computer with violating its 1991 agreement not to market audio/video products.
- Photonics ships Photolink for the Apple Macintosh.