Computer history - 1988

Updated: 05/02/2021 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1988

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Creative 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

On March 17, 1988, Apple filed a Copyright infringement against Microsoft for Windows 2.03 for its comparison with their Macintosh operating system and its GUI. The legal battle would later end on February 21, 1995.

Robert Morris released the Morris worm on November 2, 1988. It became 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.

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.

Section 508 is introduced in the 1988 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, containing information about accessibility standards for information technology.

In 1988, the technology behind the touchpad, GlidePoint technology, was first invented by Dr. George E. Gerpheide, PhD.

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.

Microsoft Office was first introduced on August 1, 1988.

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

Sega released its first gaming console system, the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive in Japan), in Japan on October 29, 1988, and later in North America on August 14, 1989. As of 2010, at least 20.4 million units are sold globally.

Microsoft released Excel 1.5 for Mac in 1988.

MS-DOS 4.01 was released in November 1988.

3D Studio that later became 3ds Max was first released in 1998.

The AS/400 line of IBM minicomputers was introduced on June 21, 1988.

Hewlett-Packard developed and introduced the HP DeskJet inkjet printer in 1988. It is considered the first mass-marketed inkjet printer, and became a very popular series of inkjet printers.

SNMP was introduced in 1988.

First developed in 1988 by Michael J. Roberts, TADS (Text Adventure Development System) was introduced.

Motorola released the 88000 processor in 1988.

NTP was introduced in 1988.

Octave was first introduced in 1988.

Intel 80386SX was introduced in 1988.

Thinking Machines Inc. introduced WAIS 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 Feynman

Richard 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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