Computer history - 1980 - 1990

Year Event
1980 Oliver Standingford passes away in 1980 (Age: 67-68)
1980 On January 3, Hewlett Packard introduces its HP-85. A microcomputer with 16kB of RAM and a 5-inch CRT display.
1980 John Mauchly passes away January 8, 1980 (Age: 73)
1980 IBM introduces RISC.
1980 IBM hires Paul Allen and Bill Gates to create an operating system for a new PC. The pair buy the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template. IBM allows the two to keep the marketing rights to the operating system, called DOS.
1980 IBM hires Microsoft to develop versions of BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, and Pascal for the PC being developed by IBM.
1980 The Learning Company is founded.
1980 Andrew Baron is born March 31, 1980.
1980 Rob Kalin is born April 11, 1980.
1980 Micro Solutions is founded.
1980 Microsoft licenses Unix and starts to develop a PC version, XENIX.
1980 Integrated Device Technology is founded.
1980 The programming language FORTRAN 77 is created.
1980 The first Tandy Color computer is introduced.
1980 AST is founded.
1980 FASA Corporation is founded.
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released May 21, 1980.
1980 Klaus Samelson passes away May 25, 1980 (Age:62)
1980 Steve Ballmer joins Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft's 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Bill Gates.
1983 The MSX computer architecture is announced by Microsoft on June 16, 1983.
1980 Atari becomes the first company to register a Copyright for two computer games "Asteroids" and "Lunar Lander" on June 17, 1980.
1980 FIC is founded.
1980 Iomega is established.
1980 Quantum is founded.
1980 Harman is founded.
1980 Microtek is founded October 23, 1980.
1980 ARPANET experiences first major network crash causing it to go down for four hours October 27, 1980.
1980 Shawn Fanning is born November 22, 1980.
1981 Albert Gonzalez is born in 1981.
1981 Jeff Dailey, a 19-year old becomes the first person to die from computer gaming after dying from a heart attack after posting a score of 16,660 on Berzerk.
1981 Cali Lewis is born January 25, 1981.
1981 Johnathan Wendel is born February 26, 1981.
1981 SuperSpeed is founded.
1981 Satya Pal Asija receives the first U.S. patent for a computer software program May 26, 1981.
1981 DFI is founded.
1981 IBM introduces CGA displays in 1981.
1981 The game port is first introduced on IBM computers.
1981 Creative Technology is founded July 1, 1981.
1981 Diskeeper is founded on July 22, 1981.
1981 Microsoft buys the rights for QDOS from Seattle Computer Products (SCP) for $25,000 on July 27, 1981.
1981 MS-DOS 1.0 was released August, 1981.
1981 IBM joins the computer race by announcing the IBM Personal Computer on August 12, 1981, which runs the new MS-DOS operating system and has a starting price of $1,565.
1981 APC is founded.
1981 Weitek is founded.
1981 Kermit is developed at the Columbia University in New York
1981 Xerox introduces the graphical Star workstation. This computer greatly influences the development of future Apple computers including the Lisa and Macintosh, as well as Microsoft's Windows.
1981 VHDL is proposed and begins development.
1981 Virgin Interactive is founded.
1981 VMEbus is developed.
1981 Hayes Introduces the Smartmodem 300 with its standard setting AT command set and an operating speed of 300 bits per second.
1981 Adam Osborne introduces the Osborne I, the first successful portable computer, which weighs 25 pounds.
1981 Hewlett-Packard Superchip the first 32-bit chip is introduced.
1981 Commodore ships the VIC-20, which later becomes the worlds most popular computer costing only $299.95.
1981 Logitech is founded in Apples, Switzerland.
1981 Adaptec is founded.
1981 BITNET is founded.
1981 Progress Software is founded.
1981 Gemlight is founded.
1981 Hayes releases the Smartmodem 1200 with transfer rates of 1,200 bits per second.
1981 CTX is established.
1981 IBM joins the computer race by introducing IBM 5150 PC that used the 4.77-MHz Intel 8088 processor, 16 kB base memory, and PC-DOS (MS-DOS) for the OS.
1981 Kensington is founded.
1981 Jolie O’dell is born September 16, 1981.
1981 WYSE is founded.
1981 MG Siegler is born November 2, 1981.
1982 Ben Silbermann is born in 1982.
1982 DEC releases the Rainbow 100.
1982 The field of quantum computing is introduced by Richard Feynman.
1982 Peter Norton creates Norton Utilities.
1982 Sony releases its first Trinitron monitor.
1982 Sigma Designs is founded.
1982 SGI is founded.
1982 Signal Technology is founded.
1982 The Intel 80286 is introduced February 1, 1982.
1982 Maxtor is founded.
1982 SyQuest Technology is founded.
1982 MidWest Micro is founded.
1982 Hercules is founded.
1982 Labtec is founded.
1982 Disney releases the movie Tron on July 9, 1982, the first movie to use computer generated special effects.
1982 Number Nine is founded.
1982 Symantec is founded.
1982 Jack Kilby is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
1982 Microsoft releases FORTRAN for the PC COBOL for MS-DOS, and Multiplan for the Apple II and CP/M machines.
1982 Microsoft establishes a subsidiary in England to begin foreign sales efforts.
1982 WordPerfect Corporation introduces WordPerfect 1.0 a word processing program that will become one of the computer markets most popular word processing program.
1982 The first luggable computer is introduced.
1982 Sun is incorporated in February 1982, with four employees.
1982 MicroProse founded.
1982 Autodesk is established.
1982 Lotus Development Corporation is founded.
1982 Compaq Computer Corp. is founded by Rod Canion and other Texas Instruments Incorporated engineers. Compaq is the first company to introduce a clone of the IBM PC (the Compaq Portable in 1983) and become IBMs biggest challenger in the corporate market.
1982 Orchid Technology is founded.
1982 The Commodore 64 an 8-bit computer with 64 kilobytes of memory and Commodore BASIC begins to be sold.
1982 ENSONIQ is founded.
1982 Diamond Multimedia is founded.
1982 Electronic Arts (EA) is founded May 28, 1982.
1982 LucasArts is founded.
1982 SGI introduces the IRIX operating system.
1982 The movie Blade Runner is released June 25, 1982.
1982 Ryan Block is born June 25, 1982.
1982 Veronica Belmont is born July 21, 1982.
1982 A Philips factory in Germany creates the world's first compact disc August 17, 1982.
1982 The HX-20 becomes the first notebook-sized portable computer is introduced by Epson.
1982 MS-DOS version 1.25 is released.
1982 Apple Computer is the first personal computer manufacturer to hit the $1 billion mark for annual sales.
1982 Adobe is founded.
1982 Professor Scott Fahlman creates a post on bulletin board mention the idea of using a series of characters to represent a smiley face and frown face that later became known as emoticons.
1982 BTC is founded.
1982 Sony begins selling the first Audio CD players October 1, 1982.
1982 The XT bus is introduced.
1982 Rich Skrenta a 15-year old high school student creates the first known computer virus known as The Elk Cloner.
1982 The first permanent artificial heart is implanted into Barney Clark December 2, 1982.
1982 AutoCAD is introduced in December 1982.
1983 Lotus 1-2-3, a spreadsheet program is introduced January 26, 1983.
1983 Borland is founded.
1983 Mindscape is founded.
1983 AT&T releases its first version of System V.
1983 Wang Laboratories creates the single in-line memory module (SIMM).
1983 Chicony is founded.
1983 GW BASIC is created in 1983.
1983 Intuit is founded by Scott Cook and Tom Proulx.
1983 Apple releases the Lisa computer, the first commercial computer with a GUI.
1983 The IBM XT is first introduced on March 8, 1983.
1983 The first Apple WWDC is held.
1983 Compaq introduces the first 100% IBM compatible computer the "Compaq Portable" in March of 1983.
1983 PC World magazine first appears on newstands March 1983.
1983 Drew Houston is born March 4, 1983.
1983 John Scully becomes CEO of Apple on April 8, 1983.
1983 BSD 4.2 is released and introduces pseudo terminals.
1983 Zoran is founded.
1983 The movie Wargames is released June 3, 1983.
1983 Targus is founded.
1983 Paul Allen leaves Microsoft.
1983 Iomega introduces the Bernoulli drive.
1983 The TIME magazine nominates the personal computer as the "machine of the year" December 26,1982, the first non-human ever nominated.
1983 The 414s, a group of hackers are caught by the FBI.
1983 Belkin is founded.
1983 Interplay is founded.
1983 Ultima Electronics Corp. (Artec) is founded.
1983 Novell introduces Netware.
1983 The Apple IIe is introduced. The computer contains 64 kilobytes of RAM one megahertz 6502 processor and running Applesoft BASIC and sells for $1,400.
1983 ARPANET standardizes TCP/IP January 1, 1983.
1983 Tandy, Epson and NEC all sell notebook computers however only the Tandys model 100 becomes popular because of its low price of $499.
1983 THX is established.
1983 More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States.
1983 Cabletron Systems is founded.
1983 MS-DOS 2.0 was released March, 1983.
1983 The first edition of the PC World Magazine appears in news stands in March of 1983.
1983 Alexis Ohanian is born April 24, 1983.
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is released May 25, 1983.
1983 Wacom is founded July 12, 1983.
1983 True BASIC is created and is a compiled, structured language. It doesn't require line numbers, as the original BASIC did, and includes the advanced control structures necessary for structured programming.
1983 Macrovision is founded.
1983 The QIC Standard becomes the first standard in the computer history for tape drives.
1983 Soviet jets shoot down a civilian Korean Air Lines Flight 007 flying from New York to Seoul and kill all 269 passengers and crew. As a result of this mistake President Ronald Regan orders the U.S. military to make Global Positioning System (GPS) available for civilian use.
1983 The GNU operating system is first announced by Richard Stallman September 27, 1983.
1983 IAB is founded in 1983.
1983 IBM announces the PCjr (PC junior) computer November 1, 1983.
1983 Genius is founded November 3, 1983.
1983 Laszlo Kozma passes away November 9, 1983 (Age: 80)
1983 Microsoft Windows was announced November 10, 1983.
1983 The largest BBS Exec-PC goes online November 28, 1983.
1984 The AT&T company we know today officially starts, expiring the famous Bell logo January 1, 1984.
1984 Docutel/Olivetti introduce the Olivetti PC, compatible with the IBM PC on January 3, 1984.
1984 Cult of the Dead Cow is formed in Lubbock, Texas.
1984 Fujio Masuoka invents flash memory.
1984 Tom Jennings starts FidoNet.
1984 Charles W. Hull develops the first 3D printer.
1984 On January 4th Netherlands Antilles issues a 45-cent postage stamp of a computer making a newspaper.
1984 Hitachi announces it has developed the first memory chip capable of holding 1MB on January 5th.
1984 The now famous Apple "1984" commercial is aired during Super Bowl XVIII January 22, 1984.
1984 Quantex is founded.
1984 On January 24, 1984 the Apple Macintosh is introduced.
1984 Maxwell Newman passes away February 22, 1984 (Age:87)
1984 Albatron is founded.
1984 IBM's AT computer is introduced.
1984 The MUD was known as MAD becomes the first global MUD and runs across BITNET.
1984 IBM PC Division (PCD) introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable weighing in at 30 pounds.
1984 Prodigy is founded.
1984 Justine Ezarik is born March 20, 1984.
1984 Microsoft creates a new hardware and peripheral division March 29, 1984.
1984 ESS Technologies is founded.
1984 The first desktop laser printer the HP LaserJet is first introduced in May 1984.
1984 John Resig is born May 8, 1984.
1984 Mark Zuckerberg is born May 14, 1984.
1984 The game Tetris is first released in the USSR June 6, 1984.
1984 Guillemot is founded.
1984 Amiga is purchased by Commodore Business Machines on August 15th.
1984 Primax is founded.
1984 Artecon is founded.
1984 NTI is founded.
1984 Egghead Software is founded.
1984 Bill Gates is featured on the cover of TIME magazine.
1984 Atmel is founded.
1984 ASN.1 is first defined.
1984 The 3.5-inch floppy diskette is introduced and later becomes an industry standard.
1984 Dell Computer is founded May 3, 1984 in Austin Texas.
1984 Dustin Moskovitz is born May 22, 1984.
1984 Fox Software FoxBASE is introduced.
1984 Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel introduce DNS.
1984 The now famous Apple commercial is shown during the Super Bowl, the commercial introduces the Apple Macintosh, a computer with graphical user interface instead of needing to type in commands. In six months sales of the computer reach 100,000.
1984 Apple AppleTalk networking protocol is introduced.
1984 Dhrystone is developed.
1984 The first version of the HP-UX operating system is introduced.
1984 IBM develops EGA.
1984 The IBM Full AT motherboard is introduced in August of 1984.
1984 The computer Museum opens in downtown Boston.
1984 Microsoft introduces MS-DOS 3.0 for the IBM PC AT and MS-DOS 3.1 for networks.
1984 The Tandy 1000 personal computer is introduced and becomes the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.
1984 IBM introduces the Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) video card with higher resolution, more colors, and a quicker response then previous video cards.
1984 University of Southern California professor Fred Cohen creates alarm when he warns the public about computer viruses in his Computer Virus - Theory and Experiments paper.
1984 The term cyberspace is first used and coined by William Gibson in his book Neuromancer.
1984 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are awarded the National Medal of Technology
1984 The beginning of the greatest adventure computer gaming series is released by Sierra. Kings Quest 1: Quest for the crown is released to the public.
1984 The Yellow book of CD-ROM standards is written.
1984 The United States introduces the Comprehensive Crime Control act on October 12, 1984. This act has been amended several times to help prevent and protect users against computer fraud.
1984 Gottfrid Warg is born October 17, 1984.
1984 The original Terminator movie is released October 26, 1984.
1984 SETI is founded November 20, 1984.
1984 Cisco is founded.
1984 Cirrus is established.
1984 ISA is expanded to 16-bit capability.
1984 Helmut Schreyer passes away December 12, 1984 (Age: 72)
1985 The WELL is founded in February 1985 by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant.
1985 On January 4th at CES, Commodore introduces the Commodore 128 PC with 8502 processor 128 kB of RAM and ROM cartridge port.
1985 Ontrack is founded.
1985 AMI is Established by S. Shankar in 1985.
1985 On January 4th at CES, Atari introduces the Atari 130XE, 130ST, 260ST, 520ST, 65XE, 65XEM, and 65XEP computers.
1985 The first Internet domain name is registered by Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company on March 15, 1985.
1985 Charles Hamblin passes away May 14, 1985 (Age: 63).
1985 The GNU manifesto is published by Dr. Dobb's Journal
1985 Software Arts assets are sold to Lotus. Software Arts is most well known for its VisiCalc program.
1985 The Amiga aka A1000 is introduced.
1985 Westwood Studios is founded.
1985 Blake Ross is born June 12, 1985.
1985 The first Gamepad is introduced by Nintendo.
1985 PNY Technologies is founded.
1985 Dell releases its first computer, the "Turbo PC."
1985 Titus Interactive is founded.
1985 Philip Estridge passes away August 2, 1985 (Age: 48)
1985 Microtek introduces the world's first 300-dpi black-and-white sheetfed scanner.
1985 Quantum Computer Services is founded, this company later becomes AOL.
1985 Microsoft and IBM begin collaboration on the next-generation operating system (OS/2).
1985 The computer company Gateway 2000 is founded in Siox City, Iowa on September 5, 1985.
1985 Alliance Semiconductor is founded.
1985 CAT1 wiring is introduced.
1985 NeXT is founded.
1985 Intel introduces the 80386 in October.
1985 Digi is founded.
1985 Turtle Beach Systems is founded.
1985 Soyo is founded.
1985 Systemax is founded.
1985 Exabyte is founded.
1985 Novalogic is founded.
1985 Sophos is founded.
1985 Paul Brainerd of Aldus Corporation introduces Pagemaker for the Macintosh, a program that lets users mix type and graphics on the same page. The combination of this software and the new Apple LaserWriter laser printer helps create the desktop publishing field.
1985 The Mach Project begins at the Carnegie Mellon University.
1985 IBM develops NetBEUI.
1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is introduced in November, 1985 and is initially sold for $100.00.
1985 ATI is founded.
1985 DriveSavers is founded.
1985 Microsoft releases first version of QuickBASIC on August 18, 1985.
1985 Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros. September 13, 1985.
1985 Steve Jobs quits Apple September 16, 1985.
1985 Boca is established.
1985 IBM introduces the Baby AT motherboard form factor.
1985 Corel is founded.
1985 Arash Ferdowsi is born October 7, 1985.
1985 The first C++ reference guide is published by Bjarne Stoustrup October 14, 1985.
1985 The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is released in North America October 18, 1985.
1985 Microsoft releases the first version of Microsoft Excel on the Apple Macintosh November 30, 1985.
1985 Gravis is founded.
1985 Aaron Levie is born December 27, 1985.
1986 The Hacker Manifesto is published in Phrack (Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10) on January 8, 1986.
1986 The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is formed January 16, 1986.
1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes January 28, 1986 during take off, resulting in the death of the seven crew members.
1986 Chipsets begin to be found on computer motherboards with the introduction of the Chips and Technology 82C206.
1986 MSI is founded.
1986 D-Link is founded in March of 1986.
1986 Beny Alagem buys the Packard Bell name from Teledyne and starts the Packard Bell computer company.
1986 The term vaporware is first used by Philip Elmer-DeWitt in a TIME magazine article.
1986 Gigabyte is founded.
1986 Chaintech is founded in November 1986.
1986 Amptron is founded.
1986 Antec is founded.
1986 Pixar is co-founded by Steve Jobs.
1986 Apple introduces the Mac Plus. The computer contained one megabyte of RAM, new keyboard that contained cursors and numeric keypad and sold for $2,600.
1986 The AT or 101 key keyboard is introduced by IBM.
1986 Compaq introduces the first 386-based PC compatible computer.
1986 Bethesda Softworks is founded.
1986 Mustang is founded.
1986 PKWARE is founded.
1986 The NCSA opens.
1986 Microsoft is listed on the New York Stock Exchange selling shares to the public at $21 each, making Bill Gates one of the worlds youngest billionaires.
1986 More than 30 million computers are in use in the United States.
1986 JVC is founded.
1986 BIOSTAR is founded.
1986 Leadtek is founded.
1986 Codemasters is founded.
1986 Heinz Nixdorf passes away March 17, 1986 (Age: 61)
1986 SBS Technologies is founded.
1986 The domain comes online March 19, 1986.
1986 MS-DOS 3.2 was released April, 1986.
1986 IBM becomes the first company to use a one megabit chip in the IBM Model 3090.
1986 IMAP is developed by Mark Crispin at Stanford University.
1986 Eric Thomas develops the first Listserv.
1986 NSFNET is created.
1986 BITNET II is created.
1986 IBM PC Division (PCD) announces it's first laptop computer, the PC Convertible, weighing 12 pounds, which is 18 pounds lighter than the earlier portable computer.
1986 CD-i format is specified.
1986 Paradise Systems is founded.
1986 David Karp is born July 6, 1986.
1986 Tandy announces the Color Computer 3 July 30, 1986.
1986 Aztech is established.
1986 Ubisoft is founded.
1986 Avid is established.
1986 Vintech is founded.
1986 Unisys is founded in September of 1986.
1986 James Wilkinson passes away October 5, 1986 (Age:67)
1986 Aaron Swartz is born November 8, 1986.
1987 Steve Wozniak ends his employment with Apple on February 6, 1987.
1987 The domain comes online February 19, 1987.
1987 The AdLib sound card and first mass market PC sound card is released.
1987 Oak Technology is founded.
1987 Hypercard is introduced by Apple.
1987 CompuServe introduces the GIF standard and images.
1987 Robert Noyce is awarded the National Medal of Technology.
1987 Microsoft purchases Forethought Incorporated. The company that developed the presentation software PowerPoint.
1987 Microsoft introduces Microsoft Works.
1987 The ISO 9000 set of standards is first introduced.
1987 SiS is founded.
1987 Dolby AC-1 is introduced.
1987 Microsoft transfers its ownership of the Xenix operating system to SCO in 1987.
1987 VIA Technologies is founded.
1987 Microsoft and IBM release OS/2 1.0.
1987 The Mac SE is introduced at $2,900.
1987 Russel Ohl passes away in March of 1987 (Age:89)
1987 IBM introduces the PS/2 personal computer that has improved graphics, a 3.5-inch diskette drive, and proprietary bus to help prevent clone makers competition, and a bidirectional 8-bit port.
1987 IBM sends clone manufacturers letters demanding retroactive licensing fees.
1987 IBM develops 8514/A.
1987 The first SXSW festival is held in March.
1987 MS-DOS 3.3 was released April, 1987.
1987 The domain comes online May 14, 1987.
1987 ALi is founded.
1987 Brodxent is founded.
1987 McAfee is founded by John McAfee.
1987 Konexx is founded.
1987 Microsoft acquires Forethought on June 29, 1987, the developer of what we know today as Microsoft PowerPoint.
1987 IBM introduces MCA.
1987 The first ARM processor computer, the Acorn Archimedes is released.
1987 Microsoft Shares hits $100 per share.
1987 Apogee is founded, Apogee is well known for its computer games as well as the company who first released a 'Shareware' game.
1987 The SPARC processor is first introduced by Sun.
1987 The first e-mail from China is sent to its connection in Germany September 20, 1987.
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show premiers for the first time.
1987 Andrew Tanenbaum releases the MINIX operating system in 1987.
1987 IBM introduces VGA.
1987 RealTek is founded October 1987.
1987 Walter Brattain passes away October 13, 1987.
1987 I.R.I.S. is founded.
1987 Sonic Solutions is founded.
1987 Larry Wall introduces Perl 1.0.
1987 On November 22, 1987 a Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW-11 TV broadcast gets hacked by a person wearing a Max Headroom mask.
1987 Microsoft introduces Windows 2.0 in December 9, 1987.
1987 Kingston is founded.
1987 Larry Wall releases the first version of Perl on December 18, 1987, version 1.0.
1987 Elitegroup Computer Systems is established.
1988 Richard Feynman passes away February 15, 1988 (Age:69)
1988 Edmund Berkeley passes away March 7, 1988.
1988 Apple files a copyright infringement against Microsoft for Windows 2.03 and Hewlett Packard for New Wave in comparison with their Macintosh operating system.
1988 About 45 million PCs are in use in the United States.
1988 Kučera and Pavel Baudiš found Avast in 1988.
1988 SNMP is introduced.
1988 Robert Morris releases the Morris worm November 22, 1988, becoming one of the first major worms to infect roughly 6,000 computers over the Internet and helps establish the CERT Coordination Center.
1988 First T-1 backbone is added to ARPANET.
1988 Xircom is founded.
1988 SanDisk is founded.
1988 Cyrix is founded.
1988 Compro is founded.
1988 Bitnet and CSNET merge to create CREN.
1988 Trend Micro is founded.
1988 Creative Labs introduces the SoundBlaster, a sound card for the PC that contains an 11-voice FM synthesizer with text-to-speech, digitized voice input/output, a MIDI port, a joystick port and bundled software.
1988 Jarkko Oikarinen develops IRC
1988 EISA is announced in September as an alternative to MCA.
1988 Motorola releases the 88000 processor.
1988 NTP is introduced.
1988 APS Tech is founded.
1988 Linksys is founded.
1988 AXLE is founded.
1988 Mustek is founded.
1988 Intel 80386SX is introduced.
1988 Sierra Entertainment's Kings Quest IV becomes first game to support AdLib.
1988 Promise is founded.
1988 ARCHOS is founded.
1988 OSF is founded.
1988 Morphing is first introduced in the movie Willow.
1988 MS-DOS 4.0 was released July, 1988.
1988 Steve Jobs unveils the NeXT computer October 12, 1988.
1988 MS-DOS 4.01 was released November, 1988.
1988 Andrei Ershov passes away December 8, 1988.
1989 GriD Systems Corporation introduces the first pen-based computer.
1989 PCMCIA trade association is founded.
1989 ActionFront is founded.
1989 The Gif89a standard is introduced.
1989 Corel first releases CorelDRAW in January 1989.
1989 Softex is founded.
1989 WANK worm is first detected.
1989 Plextor is founded.
1989 ABIT is founded.
1989 XFX is founded.
1989 SQL Server is introduced.
1989 Jan Rajchman passes away April 1, 1989.
1989 Antoni Kilinski passes away May 6, 1989.
1989 Fred Cohen is awarded the Information Technology Award.
1989 Intel releases the 486DX processor, with more than 1 million transistors and multitasking capabilities.
1989 Orange book is released by Philips and Sony.
1986 Robert Morris becomes first person indicted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act on July 26, 1989.
1989 The first release of Microsoft Office for the Apple Mac is released on August 1, 1989.
1989 William Shockley passes away August 12, 1989.
1989 Poqet announces the Poqet PC the first pocket-sized MS-DOS compatible computer.
1989 Microid Research is founded.
1989 Tyan is founded.
1989 Asus is founded.
1989 SCO introduces the SCO UNIX operating system in 1989.
1989 Iwill is founded.
1989 General Software is founded.
1989 The first ISP known as "The World" begins servicing customers.
1989 KingMax is founded.
1989 AC-2 is introduced.
1989 The networking routing protocol OSPF is introduced.
1989 Citrix is founded.
1989 Mad Catz is founded.
1989 S3 Inc. is founded.

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