Computer History - 1987

Updated: 05/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1987

IBM logoIBM introduces the PS/2 personal computer that has improved graphics, a 3.5-inch diskette drive, and proprietary bus to help prevent clone makers competition, and a bidirectional 8-bit port.

CompuServe introduces the GIF standard and images.

IBM introduces VGA.

Texas Instruments develops Digital Light Processing.

Other computer events in 1987

Steve Wozniak ends his employment with Apple on February 6, 1987.

Robert Noyce is awarded the National Medal of Technology.

IBM sends clone manufacturers letters demanding retroactive licensing fees.

The first SXSW festival is held in March.

The first version of Microsoft Excel for Microsoft Windows is released in 1987.

The first ARM processor computer, the Acorn Archimedes is released.

Microsoft Shares hits $100 per share.

IBM develops 8514/A.

The first e-mail from China is sent to its connection in Germany September 20, 1987.

On November 22, 1987 a Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW-11 TV broadcast gets hacked by a person wearing a Max Headroom mask.

The Oberon System multitasking operating system is released.

New computer products and services introduced in 1987

The AdLib sound card and first mass market PC sound card is released.

Hypercard is introduced by Apple.

Microsoft introduces Microsoft Works.

The ISO 9000 set of standards is first introduced.

Apple introduces the Newton platform.

Dolby AC-1 is introduced.

Microsoft and IBM release OS/2 1.0.

The Mac SE is introduced at $2,900.

The first version of Adobe Illustrator is released for the Apple Macintosh in January, 1987.

MS-DOS 3.3 was released April, 1987.

John McAfee creates VirusScan one of the first antivirus programs and later helps create the McAfee company.

IBM introduces MCA.

The SPARC processor is first introduced by Sun.

Andrew Tanenbaum releases the MINIX operating system in 1987.

Microsoft introduces Windows 2.0 in December 9, 1987.

Larry Wall releases the first version of Perl on December 18, 1987, version 1.0.

Intel releases the 80387DX mathematical coprocessor.

Internet domains that came online in 1987

The domain comes online February 19, 1987.

The domain comes online May 14, 1987.

Computer companies founded in 1987

RealTek is founded October 1987.

A4Tech is founded.

ALi is founded.

Apogee is founded, Apogee is well known for its computer games as well as the company who first released a 'Shareware' game.

Brodxent is founded.

CMD Technology is founded.

CNetUSA is founded.

Elitegroup Computer Systems is established.

Kingston is founded.

Konexx is founded.

Mecer is founded.

Oak Technology is founded.

SiS is founded.

Sonic Solutions is founded.

VIA Technologies is founded.

Computer company events in 1987

Microsoft acquires Forethought on June 29, 1987, the developer of what we know today as Microsoft PowerPoint.

Microsoft transfers its ownership of the Xenix operating system to SCO in 1987.

Computer related movies and TV shows released in 1987

Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show premiers for the first time.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1987

Russell OhlRussel Ohl passes away in March of 1987 (Age: 89)

Walter Brattain passes away October 13, 1987 (Age: 85)

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