Computer History - 1975

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1975

MicrosoftBill Gates and Paul Allen Establish Microsoft on April 4, 1975, after creating Altair BASIC. The program is later developed into Microsoft BASIC.

The first digital camera is invented by Steve Sasson, an engineer who worked for Kodak.

Other computer events in 1975

Altair on Popular Electronics magazineOn January 1, 1975, the Altair computer was featured on the front of Popular Electronics magazine making it almost instantly a huge success.

Gordon French hosts the first meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club in his garage on March 5, 1975.

Sony introduced the Betamax video cassette tape recorder on May 10, 1975.

A flight simulator demo was first shown in 1975.

The Byte Shop, one of the first computer stores, open in California.

New computer products and services introduced in 1975

MITS ships one of the first PCs, the Altair 8800 with one kilobyte (KB) of memory. The computer is ordered as a mail-order kit for $439 or assembled for $621.

Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Monte Davidoff announce Altair BASIC, designed for the Altair computer on January 2, 1975. The language becomes the first computer programming language program for personal computers.

The first resistive touchscreen was developed by George Samuel Hurst in 1975, but it wasn't produced and used until 1982.

The IBM 5100 became the first portable computer when released in September 1975. The computer weighed 55 pounds and had a five-inch CRT display, tape drive, 1.9 MHz PALM processor, and 64 KB of RAM.

IMS Associates began shipping its IMSAI 8080 computer kits on December 16, 1975.

Computer companies founded in 1975

EPSON entered the US market in 1975.

GTCO Calcomp was founded in 1975.

Computer company events in 1975

Xerox exited the computer market on July 21, 1975.

Computer pioneers born in 1975

Molly WoodMolly Wood was born on May 23, 1975.

Marissa Mayer was born on May 30, 1975.

Nick Woodman was born on June 24, 1975.

Gina Trapani was born on September 19, 1975.

Bram Cohen was born on October 12, 1975.

Bill Kendrick was born in 1975.

David Litchfield was born in 1975.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1975

William CoolidgeWilliam Coolidge passed away on February 3, 1975 (Age: 101).

Christopher Strachey passed away on May 18, 1975 (Age: 59).

Niels Bech passed away in 1975 (Age: 55).

Stanley Gill passed away in 1975 (Age: 49).

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