Computer History - 1985

Updated: 05/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1985

Commodore logoOn January 4th at CES, Commodore introduces the Commodore 128 PC with 8502 processor 128 kB of RAM and ROM cartridge port.

The first Internet domain name is registered by Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company on March 15, 1985. Earlier the first domain was created (not registered) in January of 1985 that served as the identifier for future domains including Symbolics.

Microtek introduces the world's first 300-dpi black-and-white sheetfed scanner.

Other computer events in 1985

On January 20, 1985 during Super Bowl XIX Apple debuts its lemmings commercial to help promote The Macintosh Office. The commercial ends up being a complete failure as most feel that it insults the users.

Steve Jobs quits Apple September 16, 1985.

Richard Stallman creates the Free Software Foundation in October of 1985.

Software Arts assets are sold to Lotus. Software Arts is most well known for its VisiCalc program.

The GNU manifesto is published by Dr. Dobb's Journal.

IBM OS/2Microsoft and IBM begin collaboration on the next-generation operating system (OS/2).

The Mach Project begins at the Carnegie Mellon University.

IBM develops NetBEUI.

Mary Buckles writes the first academic paper on video game aesthetics in 1985.

New computer products and services introduced in 1985

On January 4th at CES, Atari introduces the Atari 130XE, 130ST, 260ST, 520ST, 65XE, 65XEM, and 65XEP computers.

Atari releases the Atari ST home computer in June of 1985.

Microsoft releases first version of QuickBASIC on August 18, 1985.

Nintendo releases Super Mario Bros. September 13, 1985.

Microsoft releases the first version of Microsoft Excel on the Apple Macintosh September 30, 1985.

Intel introduces the 80386 in October.

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is released in North America October 18, 1985.

Microsoft Windows 1.0 is introduced in November, 1985 and is initially sold for $100.00.

IBM introduces the Baby AT motherboard form factor.

The Amiga, also known as the A1000, is introduced.

The first Gamepad is introduced by Nintendo.

Dell releases its first computer, the "Turbo PC."

CAT1 wiring is introduced.

Paul Brainerd of Aldus Corporation introduces Pagemaker for the Macintosh, a program that lets users mix type and graphics on the same page. The combination of this software and the new Apple LaserWriter laser printer helps create the desktop publishing field.

Computer companies founded in 1985

The WELL is founded in February 1985 by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant.

The computer company Gateway 2000 is founded in Siox City, Iowa on September 5, 1985.

Adtran is founded.

Alliance Semiconductor is founded.

AMI is Established by S. Shankar.

Quantum Computer Services is founded, this company later becomes AOL.

ATI is founded.

Boca is established.

Corel is founded.

Digi is founded.

DriveSavers is founded.

Exabyte is founded.

Gravis is founded.

NeXT is founded.

Novalogic is founded.

Ontrack is founded.

PNY Technologies is founded.

Qualcomm is founded.

Repotec is founded.

SIIG is founded.

Sophos is founded.

Soyo is founded.

Systemax is founded.

Titus Interactive is founded.

Turtle Beach Systems is founded.

VideoLogic is founded.

Westwood Studios is founded.

Computer pioneers born in 1980

Blake RossBlake Ross is born June 12, 1985

Pete Cashmore is born September 18, 1985

Arash Ferdowsi is born October 7, 1985

Aaron Levie is born December 27, 1985

Michael Calce is born in 1985

Ross Ulbricht is born in 1985

Computer pioneer deaths in 1985

Charles Hamblin passes away May 14, 1985 (Age: 63)

Philip Estridge passes away August 2, 1985 (Age: 48)

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