Computer History - 1988

Updated: 11/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1988

Creative logoCreative Labs introduced the SoundBlaster, a sound card for the PC. The sound card contained an 11-voice FM synthesizer with text-to-speech, digitized voice input/output, a MIDI port, a joystick port, and bundled software.

Other computer events in 1988

Robert Morris released the Morris worm on November 22, 1988. It becomes one of the first major worms, infecting roughly 6,000 computers over the Internet and helping to establish the CERT Coordination Center.

The first T1 backbone was added to ARPANET in 1988.

Jarkko Oikarinen developed IRC in 1988.

EISA is announced in September as an alternative to MCA.

Apple files a Copyright infringement against Microsoft for Windows 2.03 and Hewlett Packard for New Wave in comparison with their Macintosh operating system.

About 45 million PCs are in use in the United States.

Objective-C was licensed by NeXT in 1988.

Sierra Entertainment's Kings Quest IV became the first game to support AdLib in 1988.

New computer products and services introduced in 1988

The first version of DR DOS was introduced on May 28, 1988.

MS-DOS 4.0 was released in July 1988.

Steve Jobs unveiled the NeXT computer on October 12, 1988.

MS-DOS 4.01 was released in November 1988.

3D Studio that later becomes 3ds Max is first released in 1998.

SNMP was introduced in 1988.

Motorola released the 88000 processor in 1988.

NTP was introduced in 1988.

Octave was first introduced in 1988.

Intel 80386SX was introduced in 1988.

Computer companies founded in 1988

3JTech was founded in 1988.

Accton Technology Corporation was founded in 1988.

APS Tech was founded in 1988.

ARCHOS was founded in 1988.

ATTO Technology was founded in 1988.

Kučera and Pavel Baudiš found Avast in 1988.

AXLE was founded in 1988.

Bitnet and CSNET merge to create CREN in 1988.

Compro was founded in 1988.

Cyrix was founded in 1988.

Digital Audio Labs was founded in 1988.

F-Secure was founded in 1988.

Linksys was founded in 1988.

Mustek was founded in 1988.

OSF was founded in 1988.

Promise was founded in 1988.

Quanta Computer was founded in 1988.

SanDisk was founded in 1988.

Smart Modular Technologies was founded in 1988.

Trend Micro was founded in 1988.

Xircom was founded in 1988.

Computer-related movies released in 1988

Morphing was first introduced in the movie Willow.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1988

Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman passed away on February 15, 1988 (Age: 69).

Edmund Berkeley passed away on March 7, 1988 (Age: 79).

Andrei Ershov passed away on December 8, 1988 (Age: 57).

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