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1992

January
  • Adobe Systems introduces the Adobe Illustrator 4.0 paint program for Windows. Price is US$695. [1049.133] [1093.264]
  • Ventura Software releases Ventura Publisher 4.0 desktop publishing software for Windows. Price is US$795. [1049.133]
  • Symantec introduces the Norton AntiVirus 2.0 software for DOS and Windows. Price is US$129. [1049.148]
  • Wolfram Research introduces the Mathematica mathematics software package for Windows. [1049.140]
  • Frame Technology introduces the FrameMaker 3.0 desktop publishing software for Windows. Price is US$795. [1049.132]
  • Microsoft hosts a User Interface Design Preview, to solicit input on the Windows interface from Windows application developers. [688.99]
January 22
  • At the first NeXTWORLD Expo, held in San Francisco, Steve Jobs announces that a version of the NeXTSTEP operating system will be made for Intel-based personal computers. Jobs also announces Turbo versions of NeXTstation, NeXTstation Color, NeXTcube with 33-MHz 68040, NEXTSTEP 3.0 OS. [206.289] [734.319] [2605.212]
(month unknown)
  • IBM introduces the Limited Availability release of OS/2 2.0. [1067.301]
February
  • Novell Vice President of Strategic Marketing Darrell Miller meets with Apple software managers to propose porting the Mac OS to run on Intel machines. [2605.227]
  • Microsoft introduces the Microsoft C/C++ Development System 7.0 for Windows. Price is US$499. [1049.139] [1093.273]
  • Lotus Development introduces Lotus Write 2.0 for Windows. Price is US$199. [1049.150]
  • Fifth Generation Systems introduces the Fastback Plus Windows 1.0 software. Price is US$189. [1049.148]
  • Claris releases the Claris Hollywood 1.0 v2 presentation software for Windows. Price is US$499. [1049.145]
  • Aldus releases the Aldus Persuasion 2.1 presentation software for Windows. Price is US$495. [1049.144]
February (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: Star Trek: 25th Anniversary. [2313.66]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Team Suzuki. [2313.66]
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  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Flight Simulator. [2313.66]
March 6
  • The computer virus Michelangelo is activated on PCs. [1260.193] [1502.11] [1897.130]
March
  • Berkeley Systems releases the After Dark 2.0 screen saver software for Windows. Price is US$49.95. [1049.136]
  • Aldus releases the Aldus FreeHand 3.1 paint program for Windows. Price is US$595. [1049.133]
  • Hewlett-Packard releases the NewWave 4.0 software for Windows. [1049.148]
  • Intuit releases the Quicken for Windows 1.01 personal accounting software. Price is US$69.95. [1049.142]
  • Peachtree Software releases the Peachtree Accounting for Windows 5.0 software. Price is US$99. [1049.142]
  • Power Up Software introduces the Express Publisher desktop publishing software for Windows. Price is US$149.95. [1049.132]
  • Microsoft launches its first TV advertising campaign, for Windows. [123]
  • AutoDesk introduces AutoCAD Release 11 for Windows. Price is US$3500. [1049.129]
  • Quarterdeck Office Systems ships the DESQview/X 32-bit operating system, capable of running X Windows programs on a 386. [477.165] [1057.25] (April [1057.32])
March 27
  • Microsoft releases the Microsoft Excel 4.0 software for Windows in the US. Price is US$495. [1049.147] [1058.40] [1701.220,337]
April
  • IBM ships the OS/2 2.0 operating system. It requires an Intel 386 processor, 4 MB RAM, and adds WIN-OS/2 3.0 for Windows 3.0 compatibility. Code-name during development was Cruiser. [477.165] [479.128] [606.81] [688.44,688.107] [734.347] [858.71] [1299.383] [1572.28] (March [1057.32] [1639.116])
April 6
  • At the Comdex / Windows World conference, Microsoft unveils Windows 3.1, including scalable TrueType fonts. The software comprises over 3 million lines of code. (One million copies of the new and upgrade versions are sold through retail channels within the first 50 days.) [75] [123] [388.6] [477.165] [479.128] [620.131] [688.44] [909.232] [1057.32] [1271.36] [1299.437] [1629.34] [1639.116] [1886.69] [1897.130] (May [509.177] [534.130] [721.156])
April 14
  • US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker makes a ruling in the Apple Computer versus Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit, stating that most of the elements in Apple Computer's suit were covered by Apple Computer's agreement with Microsoft, or were not copyrightable. [712.51] [759.34] [1058.28] [1299.438] [2605.173]
April
  • Microsoft releases the Microsoft SDK for Windows 3.1. Price is US$349. [1049.133]
  • Lotus Development releases Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows 1.1. Price is US$595. [1049.147]
  • Micrografx releases the Micrografx Designer 3.1 graphics program for Windows. Price is US$695. [1049.134]
  • Go releases its PenPoint operating system for mobile pen-based computers. [1057.45] [1093.159]
  • Microsoft ships Windows for Pen Computing operating system. [1093.159] [1897.130]
  • Microsoft releases PowerPoint 3.0 presentation software for Windows. Price is US$495. [1049.145] [1093.264]
  • Apple Computer releases the A/UX v3.0 operating system. It combines System 7.0 with AT&T's UNIX System V release 2 version 2, and BSD Unix 4.3 enhancements, and X Window System (X11 2.1.1 and MacX). [712.221] [1093.283]
  • US market share of word processor software: WordPerfect 71%. [1059.86]
  • In Boston, Massachussettes, Microsoft and Digital Equipment announce Windows NT for computers based on the 64-bit Alpha processor. [1299.438]
  • Microsoft ships the French and German versions of Microsoft Excel 4.0 software for Windows. [1701.283]
April 30
  • In the first four months of the year, Microsoft has shipped 10 million copies of Windows 3.0. [606.141] [1057.155]
April (month)
  • Top selling IBM PC computer game in the UK during the month: Eye of the Beholder. [2581.23] (\iUltima VII\i [2653.24])
(month unknown)
  • Mark Williams sells the 40,000th copy of the Coherent 3.2 Unix-compatible operating system. [1058.32]
  • Mark Williams announces the 32-bit Coherent 4.0 Unix-compatible operating system for Intel 386/486 systems. Price is US$99.95. The system will allow direct running of Unix COFF binaries. [1058.32]
May
  • ZSoft releases the Publisher's Paintbrush 2.02 paint program for Windows. Price is US$495. [1049.136]
  • WordPerfect releases the WordPerfect 5.1 word processor for Windows. Price is US$495. [1049.151]
  • cc:Mail releases cc:Mail for Windows v1.1 email software. price is US$345 for 10 users. [1049.130]
  • Corel releases the CorelDraw 3.0 drawing software for Windows. Price is US$595. [742.281] (June [1049.133])
  • AutoDesk ships AutoCAD Release 11 for the Macintosh. [632.178]
  • Sun Microcomputers' Sunsoft division introduces the Solaris 2.0 operating system for Intel-based PCs. [174.13]
  • Microsoft ships the Spanish version of Microsoft Excel 4.0 software for Windows. [1701.284]
May (month)
  • Top selling game for IBM PC computers for the month in the USA: Hardball III. [2654.26]
June
  • Borland International releases the Turbo Pascal for Windows 1.5 software development package. Price is US$149.95. [1049.140]
  • Borland International releases the Turbo C++ for Windows 3.1 software development package. Price is US$149.95. [1049.140]
  • Borland International releases the Borland C++ Application Frameworks 3.1 software development package for Windows. Price is US$749. [1049.139]
  • Borland International releases the Borland C++ 3.1 programming language system for Windows. Price is US$495. [1049.139]
  • WordStar International releases WordStar for Windows 1.5. Price is US$119. [1049.151]
  • Microsoft releases Microsoft Excel 4.0 for the Macintosh. This is the first major application to support AppleScript. [706.42] [754.18]
  • IBM and Microsoft sign a "divorce" document, formally ending their cooperation on operating systems development. IBM claims no rights to Windows NT, can use Windows source code until September 1993, and will pay Microsoft a royalty for each copy of OS/2 sold. Microsoft pays a lump sum of US$25-30 million for the use of IBM patents. [68] [1299.438]
(month unknown)
  • AutoDesk releases AutoCAD Release 12 for DOS. Price is US$3750. [1093.46]
  • To date, one million copies of OS/2 2.0 have been sold. [606.81] [1572.28]
July 6
  • The Win32 Professional Developers Conference is held, in San Francisco, California. Microsoft first makes public mention of work on "Chicago", the next version of Windows. Microsoft also gives out over 4500 copies of Win32 SDK and pre-release versions of Windows NT for Intel 386/486 processors and for MIPS R4000 processors. [909.232] [737.24] [954.1] [606.82] [1639.116] (July 4 [1639.116]) (Window NT Professional Developers Conference) [955.20] [1059.28])
July
  • Lotus Development releases Ami Pro 3.0 for Windows. Price is US$495. [687.148] [1049] [1093.74]
  • Lotus Development wins a preliminary judgement over Borland International in its spreadsheet copyright suit. Borland International removes its Lotus 1-2-3 compatibility macros from Quattro Pro and releases it. [548.343]
(month unknown)
  • Silicon Graphics and the OpenGL Architecture Review Board officially release the OpenGL 1.0 Specification. [867.13]
August
  • Microsoft releases the Money 2.0 software. [1701.352]
  • US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker rejects Apple Computer's request to reconsider his April ruling in the Apple Computer versus Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit. [712.51] [759.34]
  • Microsoft releases MS-DOS 6 to 2,000 beta testers. [748.29]
  • The number of users of Apple Computer's System 7 reaches 4 million. [46]
August (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: Links. [1533.208]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [1533.208]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Sim City Supreme. [1533.208]
September
  • Borland International ships Quattro Pro for Windows, release 1.0. Price is US$495. [548.159] [697.99] [1058.40] [1360.39] (October [1049.147])
September (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: Falcon 3.0 Operation Fighting Tiger. [2305.192]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [2305.192]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Sim City Supreme. [2305.192]
October 31
  • A group of four engineers from Novell and 14 from Apple complete a working proof-of-concept of a the Mac OS running on an Intel 486 PC. The project is code-named "Star Trek". [2605.229]
October (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: King's Quest VI. [2306.160]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [2306.160]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [2306.160]
November (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: King's Quest VI. [1535.144]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Police Quest III. [1535.144]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [1535.144]
December 4
  • Apple executive staff approves proceeding with porting the Mac OS to operate natively on Intel processors. [2605.230]
December (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: King's Quest VI. [2307.176]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [2307.176]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [2307.176]

1993

January (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: F-15 Strike Eagle III. [1503.144]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1503.144]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Civilization. [1503.144]
  • Top selling Spectrum computer game in the UK during the month: The Hobbit. [2635.14]
February (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: Space Quest V. [1504.160]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1504.160]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [1504.160]
March (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: X-Wing. [1505.160]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1505.160]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [1505.160]
April (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: X-Wing. [2308.144]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [2308.144]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [2308.144]
June (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: X-Wing. [2309.176]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [2309.176]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [2309.176]
(month unknown)
  • Microsoft releases FoxPro 2.5 for Windows. [494.6] [1360.39]
  • The game Myst is released for personal computers. (Sales over the next four years: 3 million copies.) [854.94] [1472.47] [1678.83] (February 1994 [2530.50])
August
  • Quark ships QuarkXPress 3.2 for Windows. [581.112]
August (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: Lands of Lore. [1506.272]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: 688 Attack Sub. [1506.272]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Prince of Persia. [1506.272]
September (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS computer game in the USA during the month: Microsoft Flight Simulation 5.0. [1507.240]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Overlord. [1507.240]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Star Trek: 25th Anniversary. [1507.240]
October (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS/Windows computer game in the USA during the month: Microsoft Flight Simulation 5.0. [2310.224]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Overlord. [2310.224]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: Chuck Yeager's Air Combat. [2310.224]
November (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS/Windows computer game in the USA during the month: Microsoft Flight Simulation 5.0. [2311.184]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: Overlord. [2311.184]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: SimCity 2000. [2311.184]
December (month)
  • Top selling MS-DOS/Windows computer game in the USA during the month: Microsoft Flight Simulation 5.0. [1508.184]
  • Top selling Amiga computer game in the USA during the month: AD&D Gateway to the Savage Frontier. [1508.184]
  • Top selling Macintosh computer game in the USA during the month: SimCity 2000. [1508.184]

End of 1992-1993. Next: 1994.
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