Computer History - 1979

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1979

CompuServe becomes the first commercial online service offering dial-up connection to anyone 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 introduces a coin-operated version of Asteroids.

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

Usenet is first started.

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

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

New computer products and services introduced in 1979

Epson releases the MX-80 which soon becomes an industry standard for dot matrix printers.

The Intel 8088 is 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 is founded by Robert Metcalfe.

ATEN is established.

Activision is founded.

EMC Corporation is founded.

The Intertec Superbrain microcomputer is released Intertec Data Systems.

Bit 3 is founded.

Novell Data System is established as an operating system developer. Later in 1983 the company becomes the Novell company.

Phoenix is founded.

Printronix is founded.

Saitek is founded.

SCO is founded.

Seagate is founded.

Sierra is founded.

Software Arts Incorporated VisiCalc becomes the first electronic spreadsheet and business program for PCs.

Tandburg Data is founded.

Televideo is founded.

VMS is introduced.

Computer company events in 1979

Zenith acquires Heathkit and creates Zenith Data Systems (ZDS).

Computer pioneers born in 1979

Brian TongBrian Tong is born April 2, 1979

Nathan Emberton is born on May 7, 1979

Markus Persson is born June 1, 1979

David Hansson is born October 15, 1979

Andrew McCollum is born December 26, 1979

Jawed Karim is born in 1979

Computer pioneer deaths in 1979

Steven CoonsSteven Coons passes away in August of 1979 (Age: 67)

Herman Lukoff passes away September 24, 1979 (Age: 56)

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