Computer History - 1990

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1990

Tim Berners-LeeIn 1990 Tim Berners-Lee, working with Robert Cailliau at CERN, proposes a 'hypertext' system, which is the first start of the Internet as we know it today. Later, Tim Berners-Lee successfully sets up the first web server at on December 25, 1990.

What is widely considered to be the first 3D platform game, Alpha Waves, is released for the Amiga and Atari ST computers.

Other computer events in 1990

Microsoft exceeds $1 billion in sales and becomes the first company to do so.

Godwin's Law is conceived.

ARPANET is decommissioned on February 28, 1990.

Hubble telescope goes into space.

Microsoft releases its first product for the Russian market Russian DOS 4.01.

The World, the first commercial Internet dial-up access provider comes online.

The Multimedia Personal Computer (MPC) standards are developed by Tandy and Microsoft.

Microsoft and IBM stop working together to develop operating systems.

ARPANET replaced by NSFNET.

GSM standard is defined.

The NiMH battery begins being used for commercial use.

Gopher is developed at the University of Minnesota. The program is a menu-driven search-and-retrieval tool and helps Internet users location information online.

New computer products and services introduced in 1990

Microsoft releases Windows 3.0 a completely new version of Microsoft Windows. The version will sell more than 3 million copies in one year.

A screenshot capture program named Snagit is released.

Creative Labs introduces the SoundBlaster Pro.

Quarterdeck releases its memory management program QEMM386 version 5.1 which quickly becomes the fastest-selling software program in the Untied States.

IBM introduces XGA.

IBM releases the POWER1 microprocessor, which features out-of-order execution.

Adobe Photoshop 1.0 is released in February of 1990.

The first search engine Archie, written by Alan Emtage, Bill Heelan, and Mike Parker at McGill University in Montreal Canada is released on September 10, 1990.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is launched October 17, 1990.

The first Commander Keen game, "Mooned on Mars" is released December 14, 1990.

Intel releases the 80386SL processor that uses low power and found in many portable computers.

Computer companies founded in 1990

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is founded February 16, 1990.

Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) is founded.

Eidos is founded.

Media Vision is founded.

Panda Software is founded.

Rambus if founded.

Rocket Software is founded.

Team 17 is founded.

TimeWarner is founded.

TRENDnet is founded.

Trilobyte games is founded.

Computer company events in 1990

Peter Norton sells his software business to Symantec.

Computer pioneers born in 1990

John CollisonJohn Collison is born in 1990

Computer pioneer deaths in 1990

Alan PerlisAlan Perlis passes away February 7, 1990 (Age: 68)

An Wang passes away march 24, 1990 (Age: 70)

Robert Noyce passes away June 3, 1990 (Age: 63)

Joseph Licklider passes away June 26, 1990 (Age: 75)

Arthur Samuel passes away July 29, 1990 (Age: 89)

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