Computer history - 1992

Updated: 07/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1992

Windows 3.1

Microsoft introduced Windows 3.1. It sold more than one million copies in the first two months of its release on April 6, 1992.

The phrase "surfing the Internet" was coined in February 1992 by computer scientist Mark McCahill.

Other computer events in 1992

John Scully first used the term PDA at CES while describing the Apple Newton on January 7, 1992.

The Michelangelo computer virus began infecting computers on March 6, 1992.

Neil Papworth used his personal computer to send the first SMS text message to the phone of Richard Jarvis on December 3, 1992.

NSFNET upgraded to a T3 backbone.

Internet Society was formed in 1992.

The reusable alkaline battery was used for commercial use in 1992.

EPP version 1.7 was released in 1992.

Kingwin was founded in 1992.

TWAIN, a standard interface for scanning equipment, was developed by the TWAIN consortium, consisting of representatives from Aldus, Caere, Eastman, Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, and Logitech.

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard developed ECP in 1992.

The ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) was developed by SQL Access Group.

Linux was released under the GNU General Public License in 1992.

The first known companion virus, called the Globe, was first detected in 1992.

New computer products and services introduced in 1992

Id software released Wolfenstein 3D, the first popular game with ray casting, was released on May 5, 1992.

Visual Basic for MS-DOS was released in September 1992.

Jean-Loup Gaily and Mark Alder released gzip on October 31, 1992.

Adobe Photoshop 2.5 was released for the Macintosh and for the first time Windows in November 1992.

Microsoft released Visual Basic 2.0 in November 1992.

Microsoft released Excel 4.0 for PC and MAc in 1992.

Microsoft released Word 5.1 for Mac in 1992.

Radio Shack released the M2500 XL/2 and M4020 SX personal computers, which are the first personal computers based upon the MPC specification.

IBM introduced ThinkPad, the industry's first notebook with a 10.4-inch color TFT display and TrackPoint.

Intel released iCOMP in 1992.

Intel released the 486DX2 chip on March 2, 1992, with a clock doubling ability that generates higher operating speeds.

OpenGL was first developed in 1992.

In 1992, a new 32-bit version of OS/2 was released.

PCI (peripheral component interconnect) was introduced by Intel in 1992.

Seagate was the first company to introduce a 7200 RPM hard drive in 1992.

TextPad was released in 1992.

KiCad was released by Jean-Pierre Charras in 1992.

The first unofficial smartphone was developed by IBM in 1992.

VESA local bus was introduced in 1992.

The popular Gopher tool Veronica was first released in 1992.

WMF was originally released in 1992 as a 16-bit format file for Windows 3.0.

Computer companies founded in 1992

Aaeon was founded in 1992.

Cooler Master was founded in 1992.

Coolmax was founded in 1992.

NetApp was founded in 1992.

DMTF organization was founded in 1992.

Dr. Web was founded in 1992.

Elgato was founded in 1992 by Markus Fest.

ESET was founded in 1992.

EVERCOOL was founded in 1992.

GeCAD was founded in 1992.

GFI Software was founded in 1992.

Hauppauge was founded in 1992.

I/O Magic was founded in 1992.

Interactive Media was founded in 1992.

LaCie was founded in 1992.

Macromedia was founded in 1992.

Mediatrix Telecom was founded in 1992.

MIME standard was defined in 1992.

Jeff Hawkins helped found the company Palm in 1992. Palm also released the Palm Pilot in the same year.

QLogic was founded in 1992.

SUSE was founded in 1992.

Thrustmaster was founded in 1992.

Visioneer was founded in 1992.

Computer company events in 1992

AdLib filed for bankruptcy on May 1, 1992.

Microsoft acquired Fox Software in June, maker of FoxPro.

Computer-related movies released in 1992

The Lawnmower Man was released on March 6, 1992.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1992

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper passed away on January 1, 1992 (Age: 85).

Isaac Asimov passed away on April 6, 1992 (Age: 72).

Allen Newell passed away on July 19, 1992 (Age: 65).

Paul Eisler passed away on October 26, 1992 (Age: 85).

John Kemeny passed away on December 26, 1992 (Age: 66).

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