Computer History - 1991

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1991

Tim Berners-LeeThe World Wide Web is launched to the public August 6, 1991. Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at the European Partial Physics Laboratory (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Linux is introduced by Linus Torvalds in August 25, 1991.

Other computer events in 1991

NSF opens the Internet to commercial use.

The term Internet of Things is coined.

Pretty Good Privacy more commonly known as PGP a public key used for encryption is released as Freeware by Philip Zimmerman.

Following its decision not to develop operating systems cooperatively with IBM, Microsoft changes the name of OS/2 to Windows NT.

Creative Labs releases a multimedia upgrade kit that includes a CD-ROM drive, the SoundBlaster Pro sound card, a MIDI kit and a variety of software applications. The kit allows IBM compatible users to obtain all tools needed to meet the MPC standards.

The computer Monkey Virus is first discovered in Edmonton, Canada.

The Sega Genesis game "Zero Wing" is introduced. The phrase "All your base are belong to us" later becomes a popular saying for computer gamers and geeks.

Cell phone Lithium batteries begin being recalled in Japan after phone explodes and burns mans face during use.

IDEA is first expressed by Xuejia Lai and James Massey.

The London Science Museum completed the Difference Engine No 2 for the bicentennial year of Charles Babbage's birth in June of 1991.

The first Cybercafe opens in July 1991 in San Francisco.

The WWW becomes available for everyone on August 23, 1991.

The Extended Video Graphics Array digital video standard is created by VESA.

The United States military introduces the Dynamic Analysis and Replanning Tool (DART).

On December 1, 1991 the first web server outside of Europe comes online.

New computer products and services introduced in 1991

AMD introduces the AM386 microprocessor family in March.

Intel introduces the Intel 486SX chip in April in efforts to help bring a lower-cost processor to the PC market selling for $258.00.

Microsoft releases Visual Basic in May of 1991.

Apple introduces System 7 operating system May 13, 1991.

MS-DOSMS-DOS 5.0 was released June, 1991.

Adobe Photoshop 2.0 is released in June of 1991.

Apple releases the PowerBook in October of 1991.

Apple QuickTime is introduced December 2, 1991.

Python is introduced.

HTTP/0.9 is introduced.

Symantec releases Norton antivirus software.

Dolby introduces AC-3.

The programming language FORTRAN 90 is created.

The DLT tape drive is released as a very reliable, high-speed, and high-capacity tape drive solution.

The Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) is developed by Intel, Xircom and Zenith Data Systems.

TrueType a scalable font is introduced and developed by Microsoft and Apple and is used on all Apple computers and computers running Windows.

Internet domains that came online in 1991

Microsoft logoThe domain comes online May 2, 1991.

Computer companies founded in 1991

id Software is founded February 1, 1991.

Silicon & Synapse, which later becomes Blizzard is founded February 8, 1991.

Bungie is founded on May 7, 1991.

Advanced Logic Industries is founded.

Apache Micro Peripherals is founded.

AVG is founded.

Broadcom is founded.

BSDi is founded.

Cmedia is founded.

Caldera is founded.

Epic Games is established.

Intertex Electronics is founded.

IONA is founded.

Jetta is founded.

Lexmark is formed.

Networth is founded.

Targa is established.

VoodooPC is founded.

Computer company events in 1991

Gary Kildall and other shareholders of Digital Research Inc. (DRI) sell all private shares to Novell.

Computer related movies released in 1991

The movie Terminator 2 is released July 1, 1991.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1991

John BardeenJohn Bardeen passes away January 30, 1991 (Age: 82)

Derrick Lehmer passes away May 22, 1991 (Age: 86)

Saul Rosen passes away June 9, 1991 (Age: 69)

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