Computer history - 1993

Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1993

NCSA Mosaic 1.0

The NCSA released the Mosaic browser on April 22, 1993.

On April 30, 1993, CERN released the Web source code and made it public domain. The effect had an immediate effect as the Web experiences massive growth on the Internet.

President Bill Clinton put the White House and the United Nations online in 1993 and helped start the .gov and .org top-level domains. With the White House coming online, it also made it possible to e-mail the President, Vice President, and the First Lady.

Other computer events in 1993

Fifty World Wide Web servers were known to exist as of January.

The Open Group was given the UNIX trademark in 1993.

Jeff Moss held the first DEF CON on June 9, 1993.

The first live streaming was done by the band Severe Tire Damage at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) on June 24, 1993. The event was seen live in Australia and other locations over the Internet. In a March 2017 interview, band member Russ Haines stated, "half of the total bandwidth of the Internet" was used to stream the performance.

Eternal September began in September 1993.

Tim Negris, a VP (vice president) at Oracle Corporation, coined the term thin client in 1993.

Wired magazine was founded in 1993.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), with 50 computer companies, established Energy Star guidelines that aim to decrease the amount of power a PC (personal computer) uses while idle.

On September 27, 1993, Time Magazine released its magazine with a cover dedicated to video games with the title "Attack of the Video Games."

The Lua programming language was created by a group of engineers at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The two video disc formats: the MMCD (multimedia compact disc) and the SD (super density) disc, partnered to create a unified industry group and agreed upon the DVD (digital versatile disc) digital video format.

The general Proof-of-Work concept was introduced in 1993 by computer scientists Cynthia Dwork and Moni Naor.

VCD (video compact disc) was introduced in 1993.

The first webcam connected to the Internet in November 1993.

A 32-bit version of WMF (Windows metafile format) was released in 1993 called EMF (enhanced metafile).

The white book was completed and released in 1993.

The International Color Consortium was founded in 1993.

The first web robot, World Wide Web Wanderer, was created in 1993.

Dell released its XPS line of computers to consumers in late 1993.

New computer products and services introduced in 1993

Slackware was developed by Patrick Volkerding and released by Linux.

Winsock was released in January 1993.

Adobe After Effects was released in January 1993.

ADSI (analog display service interface) was developed at Bellcore in 1993.

Microsoft released Windows NT 3.1, Microsoft Office 4.0, and MS-DOS 6.0.

Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman created the R programming language.

Intel developed PPGA (Plastic Pin Grid Array).

The Internet Underground Music Archive was started in 1993.

Apple introduced the MessagePad lineup.

Intel released the Pentium processor on March 22, 1993, a 60 MHz processor with 3.2 million transistors, and sold for $878.00.

NetBSD 0.8 was released on April 20, 1993.

Samsung introduced the KM48SL2000 SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random-access memory) that quickly became an industry standard.

Logic Pro was released by Emagic in 1993.

Microsoft and IBM introduced a PnP (plug and play) ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) in 1993.

Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 was released on July 27, 1993.

Microsoft released Excel 5.0 for PC and Mac in 1993.

Microsoft released Word 6.0 for PC and Mac in 1993.

Microsoft released Visual Basic 3.0.

Development of the NetBSD project began in 1993.

PCI (peripheral component interconnect) version 2.0 was introduced in 1993.

Wine began to be developed in 1993.

WinRAR was released in 1993.

Edgar F. Codd introduced the world to OLAP (online analytical processing) in 1993.

The first version of the Apple Newton operating system was released on August 3, 1993.

Broderbund released the computer game Myst was released on September 24, 1993. The game was later honored as one of the most famous, best-selling IBM compatible and Apple Macintosh titles.

The PC game DOOM by Id Software was released on December 10, 1993. Today, DOOM is considered as a turning point for first-person shooters and computer games.

Microsoft Windows 3.11, an update to Windows 3.1, was released on December 31, 1993.

The C.H.A.O.S. Continuum was released for Windows and Macintosh computers.

Trilobyte was one of the first successful companies to release an outstanding multimedia game in 1993 called The 7th Guest.

IBM introduced the Scalable POWERparallel System, the first in a family of microprocessor-based supercomputers using RISC (reduced instruction set computing) System/6000 technology.

The Internet Underground Music Archive started in 1993.

Computer companies founded in 1993

ACD Systems was founded in 1993.

ActionTec was founded in 1993.

ARK Logic was founded in 1993.

CBL Data Recovery was founded in 1993.

Efficient Networks was established in 1993.

FRISK software was founded in 1993.

Funcom was founded in 1993.

GT Interactive Software was founded in 1993.

InterNIC was established in 1993.

IrDA (Infrared Data Association) was founded in 1993.

Magix was founded in 1993.

Neomagic was founded in 1993.

NVIDIA was founded in 1993.

PowerQuest was founded in 1993.

Pretec was founded in 1993.

Rise Technology was founded in 1993 by David Lin.

SigmaTel was founded in 1993.

Stellar Data Recovery was founded in 1993.

Sun Solaris was introduced in 1993.

Supermicro was founded in 1993.

Computer company events in 1993

Novell acquired all Unix assets from AT&T in 1993.

Tandy sold its computer business to AST Research in 1993.

Everex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sold its Esix brand to James River Group and its storage division to Exabyte in 1993.

IBM and Catapult, Inc. announced that IBM had acquired sole ownership of Catapult, a training provider in personal computer end-user software.

John Scully was named the president of Apple Computers in 1993.

Discontinued products and services in 1993

The development of System V stopped when AT&T sold all its Unix assets to Novell in 1993, which later sold System V assets to SCO.

The Atari ST series of computers were discontinued in 1993.

Computer pioneers born in 1993

Marques Brownlee was born on December 3, 1993.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1993

Thomas Watson, Jr.

Bernard Kardon passed away on April 14, 1993 (Age: 79).

Thomas Watson, Jr. passed away on December 31, 1993 (Age: 79).

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