Computer History - 1980

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1980

MS-DOSIBM 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.

Other computer events in 1980

The MS-DOS Epoch time is set to start January 1, 1980.

ARPANET experiences first major network crash causing it to go down for four hours October 27, 1980.

Microsoft licenses Unix and starts to develop a PC version, XENIX.

New computer products and services introduced in 1980

On January 3, Hewlett Packard introduces its HP-85 (codename Project Capricorn). A microcomputer with 16 kB of RAM, a 32 kB ROM, a 5-inch CRT display, a built-in printer, tape drive, and keyboard for $3,250.00.

IBM introduces RISC.

Colombia Data Products introduces the Commander 900 series PC.

The first Tandy Color computer is introduced.

The programming language FORTRAN 77 is created.

Pac-manNamco releases Pac-Man for the first time.

Computer companies founded in 1980

Microtek is founded October 23, 1980.

AST is founded.

ELSA Technology is founded.

FASA Corporation is founded.

FIC is founded.

Dish Network is founded.

Integrated Device Technology is founded.

Iomega is established.

Quantum is founded.

Harman is founded.

Micro Solutions is founded.

Microcom is founded.

PSION is founded.

The Learning Company is founded.

TriGem is founded.

Computer company events in 1980

IBM hires Microsoft to develop versions of BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, and Pascal for the PC being developed by IBM.

Steve Ballmer joins Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft's 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Bill Gates.

Atari becomes the first company to register a Copyright for two computer games "Asteroids" and "Lunar Lander" on June 17, 1980.

Computer related movies released in 1980

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released May 21, 1980.

Computer pioneers born in 1980

Andrew BaronAndrew Baron is born March 31, 1980.

Rob Kalin is born April 11, 1980.

Shawn Fanning is born November 22, 1980.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1980

Oliver StandingfordOliver Standingford passes away in 1980 (Age: 67-68)

John Mauchly passes away January 8, 1980 (Age: 73)

Klaus Samelson passes away May 25, 1980 (Age:62)

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