Computer History - 1986

Updated: 05/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1986

IBM logoIBM PC Division (PCD) announces it's first laptop computer, the PC Convertible, weighing 12 pounds, which is 18 pounds lighter than the earlier portable computer.

Other computer events in 1986

The Hacker Manifesto is published in Phrack (Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10) on January 8, 1986.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is formed January 16, 1986.

IBM introduces the IBM 6150 or IBM RT (RISC Technology) computer. The computer used either the AIX, AOS, or Pick operating system.

The space shuttle Challenger explodes January 28, 1986 during take off, resulting in the death of the seven crew members.

Tandy announces the Color Computer 3 July 30, 1986.

Chipsets begin to be found on computer motherboards with the introduction of the Chips and Technology 82C206.

Packard Bell logoBeny Alagem buys the Packard Bell name from Teledyne and starts the Packard Bell computer company.

The term vaporware is first used by Philip Elmer-DeWitt in a TIME magazine article.

Microsoft is listed on the New York Stock Exchange selling shares to the public at $21 each, making Bill Gates one of the worlds youngest billionaires.

More than 30 million computers are in use in the United States.

IBM becomes the first company to use a one megabit chip in the IBM Model 3090.

IMAP is developed by Mark Crispin at Stanford University.

Eric Thomas develops the first Listserv.

CD-i format is specified.

The Erlang functional programming language is released.

The Oberon programming language is released.

Tandy announces the Color Computer 3 July 30, 1986.

New computer products and services introduced in 1986

Apple introduces the Mac Plus. The computer contained one megabyte of RAM, new keyboard that contained cursors and numeric keypad and sold for $2,600.

The AT or 101 key keyboard is introduced by IBM.

IBM introduces AIX.

Compaq introduces the first 386-based PC compatible computer.

MS-DOS 3.2 was released April, 1986.

CVS is first introduced.

BITNET II is created.

NSFNET is created.

PostgreSQL begins being developed.

Internet domains that came online in 1986

The domain ibm.com comes online March 19, 1986.

Computer companies founded in 1986

D-Link is founded in March of 1986.

Unisys is founded in September of 1986.

Chaintech is founded in November 1986.

Amptron is founded.

Antec is founded.

Avid is established.

AVM is founded.

Aztech is established.

Bethesda Softworks is founded.

BIOSTAR is founded.

Codemasters is founded.

Composers Desktop Project is founded in the UK.

Dawicontrol is founded.

Gigabyte is founded.

I.R.I.S. is founded

InFocus is founded.

JVC is founded.

Leadtek is founded.

MSI is founded.

Mustang is founded.

The NCSA opens.

Paradise Systems is founded.

Pinnacle is founded.

Pixar is co-founded by Steve Jobs.

PKWARE is founded.

Plustek Technology is founded.

SBS Technologies is founded.

Ubisoft is founded.

Vintech is founded.

Computer related movies released in 1986

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is released November 26, 1986.

Computer pioneers born in 1986

David KarpSven Jaschan is born April 29, 1986

David Karp is born July 6, 1986.

Aaron Swartz is born November 8, 1986.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1986

Heinz NixdorfHeinz Nixdorf passes away March 17, 1986 (Age: 61)

James Wilkinson passes away October 5, 1986 (Age: 67)

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