Computer history - 1990

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1990

Tim Berners-Lee

In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee, working with Robert Cailliau at CERN, proposed a 'hypertext' system, which is the first start of the Internet as we know it today. Later, Tim Berners-Lee successfully set 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 exceeded $1 billion in sales and became the first company to do so in 1990.

Godwin's Law was conceived in 1990.

ARPANET was decommissioned on February 28, 1990.

Hubble telescope went into space in 1990.

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

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

The MPC (Multimedia Personal Computer) 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 was developed at the University of Minnesota. The program is a menu-driven search-and-retrieval tool and helps Internet users locate information online.

New computer products and services introduced in 1990

Microsoft released 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 was first released in 1990.

Creative Labs introduced the SoundBlaster Pro in 1990.

Quarterdeck released its memory management program QEMM386 version 5.1 which quickly becomes the fastest selling software program in the United States.

IBM introduced XGA in 1990.

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

Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released in February 1990.

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

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

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

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

The CMA (Computer Misuse Act) is introduced.

Computer companies founded in 1990

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) was founded on February 16, 1990.

ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) was founded in 1990.

Eidos was founded in 1990.

Gericom was founded in 1990.

Media Vision was founded in 1990.

Panda Software was founded in 1990.

Rambus if founded.

Rocket Software was founded in 1990.

Team 17 was founded in 1990.

TimeWarner was founded in 1990.

TRENDnet was founded in 1990.

Trilobyte games was founded in 1990.

Computer company events in 1990

Peter Norton sells his software business to Symantec.

Computer pioneers born in 1990

John Collison

John Collison was born in 1990.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1990

Alan Perlis

Alan Perlis passed away on February 7, 1990 (Age: 68).

An Wang passed away on March 24, 1990 (Age: 70).

Robert Noyce passed away on June 3, 1990 (Age: 63).

Joseph Licklider passed away on June 26, 1990 (Age: 75).

Arthur Samuel passed away on July 29, 1990 (Age: 89).

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