Computer History - 1992

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1992

Windows 3.1Microsoft introduces Windows 3.1. It sells more than 1 million copies within the first two months of its release.

Other computer events in 1992

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

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

NSFNET upgraded to T-3 backbone.

Internet Society formed.

The Reusable Alkaline battery is used for commercial use.

EPP version 1.7 is released.

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

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard develops ECP.

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

Linux is released under the GNU General Public License.

The first known companion virus called the Globe is first detected.

New computer products and services introduced in 1992

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

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

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

Microsoft releases Visual Basic 2.0 in November of 1992.

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

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

Intel releases iCOMP.

Intel releases the 486DX2 chip March 2 with a clock doubling ability that generates higher operating speeds.

TextPad is first released.

The first unofficial smartphone was developed by IBM.

VESA local bus is introduced.

Popular Gopher tool Veronica is first released.

Computer companies founded in 1992

Aaeon is founded.

Coolmax is founded.

NetApp is founded.

DMTF organization is founded.

Dr. Web is founded.

ESET is founded.

EVERCOOL is founded.

GeCAD is founded.

GFI Software is founded.

Hauppauge is founded.

I/O Magic is founded.

Interactive Media is founded.

LaCie is founded.

Macromedia is founded.

Mediatrix Telecom is founded.

MIME standard is defined.

Jeff Hawkins helps found the company Palm.

QLogic is founded.

SUSE is founded.

Thrustmaster is founded.

Visioneer is founded.

Computer company events in 1992

AdLib files for bankruptcy May 1, 1992.

Microsoft acquires Fox Software in June, maker of FoxPro.

Computer related movies released in 1992

The Lawnmower Man is released March 6, 1992.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1992

Grace HopperGrace Hopper passes away January 1, 1992 (Age: 85)

Isaac Asimov passes away April 6, 1992 (Age: 72)

Allen Newell passes away July 19, 1992 (Age: 65)

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

John Kemeny passes away December 26, 1992 (Age: 66)

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