The 1980's In Computer History

  • IBM Personal Computer (PC)

    IBM Personal Computer (PC)
    In 1981, IBM (International Business Machines), launched it's own personal computer system which led to reproduction of similar technology and growth in the area of personal computer's. It used an intel microprocessor and Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system.
  • Osborne 1 Portable Computer

    Osborne 1 Portable Computer
    In 1981, Adam Osborne and Lee Felsenstein created the first mass produced portable computer that was competitively priced with valuable software. It weighed 24 pounds, had 64 KB of memory and a 5 inch display. This invention made way for what we now know as the laptop computer.
  • NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)

    NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
    In 1985, Nintendo released the new gaming system NES. This was significant because the American gaming system was in a slump with poorly performing gaming software. NES premiered with 18 games, including favorites such as Mario Brothers and Zelda.
  • Pixar

    In 1986, Apple co-founder Steve jobs paid 10 million dollars to a computer special effects studio to rename it Pixar. Originating in 1979, after 1986, Pixar went on to make 24 feature films such as Toy Story and Monsters Inc and did many special effects for other popular films before being bought by Disney in 2006.
  • Game Boy

    Game Boy
    In 1989, Nintendo released the Gameboy handheld game console. Much like NES, the system featured removable game cartridges, only on a mini, portable scale. It is one of the all time top selling game consoles, selling over one hundred million systems since invention.