Computer history - 1983

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1983

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Apple released the Lisa computer on 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% drop in game sales between 1983 and 1985.

Other computer events in 1983

ARPANET standardized TCP/IP after transitioning from NCP to TCP on January 1, 1983. The complete NCP/TCP transition plan is first documented in 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 was first introduced on March 8, 1983.

The first Apple WWDC was 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.

Paul Allen left Microsoft in 1983.

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

THX was established in 1983.

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

The first edition of the PC World Magazine appeared in newsstands in March 1983.

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

The MSX computer architecture was announced by Microsoft on June 16, 1983.

Soviet jets shoot down a Korean civilian airlines flight 007 flying from New York to Seoul and kill all 269 passengers and crew. As a result of this mistake, U.S. President Ronald Regan orders the U.S. military to make GPS (Global Positioning System) available for civilian use.

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

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

Microsoft Windows was announced on November 10, 1983.

The largest BBS Exec-PC went online on 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.

Michael Muuss releases the ping utility.

Borland releases the Turbo Pascal programming language.

New computer products and services introduced in 1983

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

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

Compaq introduced the first 100% IBM compatible computer the "Compaq Portable" in March 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 SIMM (single in-line memory module).

Franklin Computer releases its Franklin Ace 1200 computer.

GW-BASIC was 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 in March 1983.

Quicken was 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 was founded on July 12, 1983.

3D Labs was founded in 1983.

Belkin was founded in 1983.

Borland was founded in 1983.

Cabletron Systems was founded in 1983.

Canopus was founded in 1983.

Chicony was founded in 1983.

Envision was founded in 1983.

Everex was founded in 1983.

Genius was founded on November 3, 1983.

IAB was founded in 1983.

Intuit was founded by Scott Cook and Tom Proulx in 1983.

Interplay was founded in 1983.

Jabra was founded in 1983.

Jaton was founded in 1983.

KTI Networks was founded in 1983.

Lattice Semiconductor was founded in 1983.

Macrovision was founded in 1983.

Mindscape was founded in 1983.

Targus was founded in 1983.

Ultima Electronics Corp. (Artec) was founded in 1983.

Zoran was founded in 1983.

Computer company events in 1983

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

Computer-related movies released in 1983

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

The movie Wargames was released on June 3, 1983.

Computer pioneers born in 1983

Daniel Ek

Daniel Ek was born on February 21, 1983.

Drew Houston was born on March 4, 1983.

Alexis Ohanian was born on April 24, 1983.

Edward Snowden was born on June 21, 1983.

Hector Monsegur was born on October 13, 1983.

Justin Kan was born in 1983.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1983

Laszlo Kozma passed away on November 9, 1983 (Age: 80).

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