Timeline of Computing 1980-1989
– The game Pac-Man was released
– Paul Allen and Bill Gates: IBM hires Paul Allen and Bill Gates to create an operating system for a new PC. They buy the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template to develop DOS.
– Domain Name System (DNS): is pioneered by Jon Postel, Paul Mockapetris and Craig Partridge. Seven ‘top-level’ domain names are initially introduced: edu, com, gov, mil, net, org and int.
– Microsoft Windows: is introduced eliminating the need for a user to have to type each command, like MS-DOS, by using a mouse to navigate through drop-down menus, tabs and icons
– More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States
– Hewlett-Packard introduces the LaserJet laser printer, featuring 300dpi resolution, for 3,600 US dollars.
– Apple Macintosh is released. Apple introduces the Macintosh with mouse and window interface on 24 Jan, 1984
– Dell Computer is founded in Austin Texas on 3 May, 1984
– PostScript introduced by Adobe Systems. It is a powerful page description language used in the Apple Laser writer printer.
– CD-ROM, invented by Philips, produced in collaboration with Sony.
– Microsoft Windows 1.0 is introduced on 19 Nov, 1985 and is initially sold for $100.00
– LISTSERV, the first automated mailing list management application, was invented by Eric Thomas
– More than 30 million computers are in use in the United States.
– Microsoft introduces Microsoft Works
– Perl: Larry Wall introduces Perl 1.0
– VGA released (designed for the PS/2) by IBM.
– States PS/2 Systems introduced by IBM.
– Compaq DOS (CPQ-DOS) v3.31 released to cope with disk partitions >32Mb. Used by some other OEMs, but not Microsoft.
– Microsoft expands. Microsoft made a program that was compatible with IBM computers. This let more people come into contact with the now well-known program.