Computer History - 1979

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1979

CompuServe became the first commercial online service offering a dial-up connection to anyone on September 24, 1979.

Other computer events in 1979

Robert Williams of Michigan became the first human to be killed by a robot at the Ford Motors company on January 25, 1979. Resulting in a 10 million dollar lawsuit.

Atari introduced a coin-operated version of Asteroids in 1979.

More than half a million computers are in use in the United States.

Usenet was first started in 1979.

Bjarne Stroustrup, a Danish computer scientist, begins work on the programming language "C with classes" that will later be renamed C++.

New computer products and services introduced in 1979

Epson released the MX-80 that became an industry standard for dot matrix printers in 1979.

The Intel 8088 was released on June 1, 1979.

Texas Instruments enters the computer market with the TI 99/4 personal computer that sells for $1,500.

Hayes markets its first modem that becomes the industry standard for modems.

The programming language DoD-1 is officially changed to Ada.

The Motorola 68000, a 16/32-bit processor is released and is later chosen as the processor for the Apple Macintosh and Amiga computers.

Mattel releases the Intellivision home game console.

Kane Kramer invents the digital audio player.

Computer companies founded in 1979

3COM was founded in 1979 by Robert Metcalfe.

ATEN was established in 1979.

Activision was founded in 1979.

EMC Corporation was founded in 1979.

A technology consulting firm in Washington D.C. known as Network Solutions was established in 1979.

The Intertec Superbrain microcomputer is released by Intertec Data Systems.

Bit 3 was founded in 1979.

Novell Data System was established as an operating system developer in 1979. Later in 1983, the company became the Novell company.

Phoenix was founded in 1979.

Printronix was founded in 1979.

Saitek was founded in 1979.

SCO was founded in 1979.

Seagate was founded in 1979.

Sierra was founded in 1979.

Software Arts Incorporated in 1979 and their product VisiCalc became the first electronic spreadsheet and business program for PCs.

Tandberg Data was founded in 1979.

Televideo was founded in 1979.

VMS was introduced in 1979.

Computer company events in 1979

Zenith acquired Heathkit and created Zenith Data Systems (ZDS) in 1979.

Computer pioneers born in 1979

Brian TongBrian Tong was born on April 2, 1979.

Nathan Emberton was born on May 7, 1979.

Markus Persson was born on June 1, 1979.

David Hansson was born on October 15, 1979.

Andrew McCollum was born on December 26, 1979.

Jawed Karim was born in 1979.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1979

Steven CoonsSteven Coons passed away in August 1979 (Age: 67).

Herman Lukoff passed away on September 24, 1979 (Age: 56).

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