- Microsoft moves its offices from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bellevue,
- Apple Computer releases DOS 3.2.
- Zilog ships samples of the 16-bit Z8000 processor.
- Microsoft 8080 BASIC wins the ICP Million Dollar Award, the first microprocessor
product to do so.
- Taito first shows the Space Invaders game, in Japan.
- Software Arts demonstrates VisiCalc at the 4th West Coast Computer
Faire. Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston wrote it during 1978-79, under the
company name Software Arts, under contract to Personal Software.
- Seattle Computer Products makes the first prototype of its 8086 microprocessor
card for the S-100 bus.
- Microsoft tries out its 8086 BASIC on Seattle Computer Products' 8086
processor card for the first time.
- Processor Technology closes.
- Tandy/Radio Shack announces the TRS-80 Model II.
- The Source telecommunications service goes online.
- Apple Computer introduces the Apple II Plus, with 48KB memory, for
- Apple Computer introduces its first printer, the Apple Silentype, for
US$600. It is a Trendcom Model 200, released under the Apple name.
- Intel introduces the 4.77-MHz 8088 microprocessor. It was created as
a stepping stone to the 8086, as it operates on 16 bits internally, but
supports an 8-bit data bus, to use existing 8-bit device-controlling chips.
It contains 29,000 transistors, using 3-micron technology, and can address
1MB of memory. Speed is 0.33 MIPS. A later version operates at 8-MHz,
for a speed of 0.75 MIPS.
- Bob Metcalfe founds 3Com Corporation.
- Texas Instruments introduces the TI-99/4 personal computer, for an
initial price of US$1500. It uses the TI 9940 16-bit microprocessor.
- MicroPro releases the WordStar word processor, written by Rob Barnaby.
(written by Seymour Rubenstein )
- Microsoft announces Microsoft BASIC 8086 at the National Computer Conference.
- Apple Computer releases DOS 3.2.1.
- CompuServe begins a service to computer hobbyists called MicroNET,
offering bulletin boards, databases, and games.
- Clive Sinclair creates Sinclair Research.
- Microsoft releases its Assembler language for 8080/Z80 microprocessors.
- Wayne Ratliff develops the Vulcan database program (Ashton- Tate later
markets it as dBase II).
- Motorola's 68000 16-bit microprocessor appears. It uses 68,000 transistors,
giving it its name.
- IMSAI files for bankruptcy.
- Apple Computer sells 35,000 Apple II computers for the fiscal year.
- 2.5 years after the introduction of the Apple II, 50,000 units have
- Personal Software releases VisiCalc for the Apple II, for US$100.
- Atari begins shipping the Atari 400 and Atari 800 personal computers.
The 400 comes with 8KB, selling for US$550. The 800 sells for US$1000.
- Radio Shack begins shipping the TRS-80 Model II to users.
- Mattel announces a keyboard unit for the Intellivision. Estimated retail
- Texas Instruments begins shipping the TI 99/4.
- ComputerLand grows to include 100 franchises.
- The first Comdex show is held in Las Vegas.
- A group of Apple Computer engineers and executives is given a demo
of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center's Alto computer system, in exchange
for Xerox buying 100,000 Apple Computer shares for US$1 million.
- Sears begins selling Atari home computers.
- Atari develops the Asteroids computer game.
- Microsoft completes work on BASIC for the Intel 8086 processor.
- Atari produces the first coin-operated Asteroids game machine.
- Microsoft begins developing an 8086 version of FORTRAN.
- The first issue of COMPUTE! magazine is published.
- Mattel Electronics releases the Intellivision video game system.
- (1980?) Apple Computer's Trip Hawkins negotiates a deal with Dan Fylstra
of Personal Software to buy his company and VisiCalc for US$1 million
in Apple stock. Apple's president refuses to approve the deal.
- Alan Shugart founds Seagate Technologies (hard disk maker), in Scotts
- Shugart Associates publishes the Shugart Associates Systems Interface
- The National Computer Conference is held in New York.
- Tim Patterson of Seattle Computer Products demonstrates his 8086 card
with Microsoft at the LifeBoat Associates booth at the National Computer
- A group of programmers from the Dynamic Modeling Group at MIT incorporates
- Apple Computer begins work on "Sara", the code name for what will be
the Apple III.
- Apple Computer releases the word processing program AppleWriter 1.0.
- Michael Shane founds Leading Edge Products.
- Vector Graphic Inc. introduces the Vector Graphic System B system.
- Schlumberger Ltd. sells Heath Company to Zenith Radio Corp. for US$64.5
- Niklaus Wirth invents the Modula-1 programming language.
- NEC releases its NEC PC 8001 microcomputer in Japan, the first for
- Atari founder Nolan Bushnell leaves the company, to manage Pizza Time
- IMSAI declares bankruptcy. Its assets are purchased by Fischer-Freitas.
- IBM introduces the IBM 3800 laser printer, capable of printing 20,000
lines per minute.
- Hayes Microcomputer Products introduces the 110/300 baud Micromodem
II for the Apple II, for US$380.