computing history

before 1960
1961-1965 1966-1970 1971-1975 1976-1980 1981-1984 1985-1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

1990

Adobe introduced PostScript Level 2 the first major upgrade.

Borland announces Turbo C++.

Sophisticated virus types such as polymorphic viruses (which modify themselves as they spread) and multipartite viruses (which infect multiple locations in a machine) appear.

Microsoft announces Windows 3.0

Windows version 3.0 which takes full advantage of 80 386 processor. Displays file and disks as icons and is network aware.

FORTRAN 90 appears and includes new elements such as case statements and desired types.

Operating System market (1990):
DOS = 52.6 %
System 370 = 27.7 %
UNIX = 16.1 %
others = 3.6 %

Global Software market worldwide (1990):
1. USA 57%
2. Japan 13%
3. Germany 7%
4. France 7%
5. Britain 6%

IBM introduced its PS/1 computers based on Intel 80486 processor. The machines contain no expansion slots but given the function built-in on the motherboard.

Apple Computers have 15% of the market and is leader of the IBM non-compatible computers.

Arpanet ceases to exist.

IBM re-entree into the workstation market with RS/6000 family.

Robert Noyce, cofounder of Intel, dies at 62.

MPRII standard limits potentially electromagnetic radiation to less than 20".

22% of the US households have a computer.

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