The first Computer Dealers Exhibition was held in 1979 in the ballroom of the original MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Operating systems like the original MS-DOS were not capable of multitasking–they could only run one program at a time.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 70 — 101 MACROS FOR LOTUS 1-2-3 AND UNNAMED LOTUS SYMPHONY ADVENTURE GAME
If you’ve ever watched retro-tech YouTube videos, you might get the impression that the most widely used computer programming language of the 1980s was BASIC.
Computer software giant Adobe recently made headlines with its proposed $20 billion acquisition of Figma, the developer of a popular web-based interface design application.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 68 — FONTOGRAPHER, THE RADIUS FULL PAGE DISPLAY, DESKTOP ART, AND READY, SET, GO!
In September 1986, roughly 1,000 people attended the first Seybold Conference on Desktop Publishing, where the featured speaker was exiled Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The Software Publishers Association (SPA) began in 1984 as the lobbying arm for the still-nascent computer software industry.
On August 12, 1991, the Boston Computer Exchange (BCE) held an “Irish wake” for the original IBM Personal Computer.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 66 — DISK OPTIMIZER, DOUBLEDOS, XTREE, HOT, ABOVE DISC, DBASE PROGRAMMERS' UTILITIES, AND DETENTE
Business applications and games may garner the most attention when talking about computer software from the 1980s, but for many companies the real key to success was in utility programs.
During the run of Computer Chronicles thus far, IBM launched a number of products that failed to dominate their respective markets, including the PCjr, TopView, and token ring.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 64 — THE MUSIC STUDIO, EZ-TRACK, SOUNDSCAPE, THE APPLE IIGS, AND THE COMPUSONICS DSP-1000
The Battle of the 16-Bit Computers was in full swing by late 1986, with the Apple IIgs joining the fray against the Commodore Amiga and the Atari ST at the lower end of the market.