Computer History - 1983

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1983

Apple logoApple releases the Lisa computer January 19, 1983 the first commercial computer with a GUI.

Bjarne Stroustrup releases the C++ programming language.

The video game crash this year resulted in a 97 percent drop in game sales between 1983 and 1985.

Other computer events in 1983

ARPANET standardizes TCP/IP after transitioning from NCP to TCP January 1, 1983. The complete NCP/TCP transition plan is first documented November 1981 in RFC801 by Jon Postel.

Apple releases the Apple IIe with a 1.023 MHz processor, 64 KB of memory and the ProDOS operating system in January 1983.

The IBM XT is first introduced on March 8, 1983.

The first Apple WWDC is held.

Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel introduce DNS. The original specifications for DNS were in RFC 882 and RFC 883 that were published in November 1983.

PC World magazine first appears on newstands March 1983.

Paul Allen leaves Microsoft.

The 414s, a group of hackers are caught by the FBI.

THX is established.

More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States.

The first edition of the PC World Magazine appears in news stands in March of 1983.

The QIC Standard becomes the first standard in the computer history for tape drives.

The MSX computer architecture is announced by Microsoft on June 16, 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.

The GNU is first announced by Richard Stallman September 27, 1983.

IBM announces the PCjr (PC junior) computer November 1, 1983.

Microsoft Windows is announced November 10, 1983.

The largest BBS Exec-PC goes online November 28, 1983.

The TIME magazine nominates the personal computer as the "machine of the year" December 26, 1982, the first non-human ever nominated.

Borland releases the Turbo Pascal programming language.

New computer products and services introduced in 1983

Apple Inc. introduces the Lisa personal computer on January 19, 1983.

Lotus 1-2-3, a spreadsheet program is introduced January 26, 1983.

Compaq introduces the first 100% IBM compatible computer the "Compaq Portable" in March of 1983.

The Famicom home computer and video game console released by Nintendo in Japan on July 15, 1983.

AT&T releases its first version of System V.

The first version of Microsoft Word, Word 1.0, is released.

Wang Laboratories creates the single in-line memory module (SIMM).

Franklin Computer releases its Franklin Ace 1200 computer.

GW BASIC is created in 1983.

BSD 4.2 is released and introduces pseudo terminals.

Iomega introduces the Bernoulli drive.

Novell introduces Netware.

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.

Tandy, Epson and NEC all sell notebook computers. However, only the Tandys model 100 becomes popular because of its low price of $499.

MS-DOS 2.0 was released March, 1983.

Quicken is first released in 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.

Computer companies founded in 1983

Wacom is founded July 12, 1983.

3D Labs is founded.

Belkin is founded.

Borland is founded.

Cabletron Systems is founded.

Canopus is founded.

Chicony is founded.

Envision is founded.

Everex is founded.

Genius is founded November 3, 1983.

IAB is founded in 1983.

Intuit is founded by Scott Cook and Tom Proulx.

Interplay is founded.

Jabra is founded.

Jaton is founded.

KTI Networks is founded.

Lattice Semiconductor is founded.

Macrovision is founded.

Mindscape is founded.

Targus is founded.

Ultima Electronics Corp. (Artec) is founded.

Zoran is founded.

Computer company events in 1983

John Scully becomes CEO of Apple on April 8, 1983.

Computer related movies released in 1983

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is released May 25, 1983.

The movie Wargames is released June 3, 1983.

Computer pioneers born in 1983

Daniel EkDaniel Ek is born February 21, 1983

Drew Houston is born March 4, 1983

Alexis Ohanian is born April 24, 1983

Edward Snowden is born June 21, 1983

Hector Monsegur is born October 13, 1983

Justin Kan is born in 1983

Computer pioneer deaths in 1983

Laszlo Kozma passes away November 9, 1983 (Age: 80)

« 1982 - Computer History - 1984 »