Chronology of Personal Computer Software

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1996

January
  • GT Interactive releases the Duke Nukem 3D video game for personal computers. [2617.85]
  • One year after the release of Microsoft Bob, less than 300,000 copies have been sold. [1559]
  • 3D Realms releases the Duke Nukem 3D game for personal computers. [1497.101] [1538.23] [2383.30]
  • IBM releases OS/2 for PowerPC-based computers. [293.35]
February 14
  • Microsoft releases the Windows 95 Service Pack 1 operating system update. [472.109] [1559] [1588.19]
April
  • Microsoft releases the Flight Simulator game for personal computers in the USA. [2530.50]
  • Corel releases Corel WordPerfect Suite 7, and Corel Office Professional Suite. [467.6] (May [497.1])
April 23
  • Microsoft releases the Internet Explorer 2.0 web browser for the Macintosh, on systems running System 7.0.1 or higher. [1559] (May [1886.70])
June 22
  • id Software releases the Quake game for personal computers in the USA. [2583.177] [2655.79]
July (month)
  • Top selling computer game in the US during the month: Duke Nukem 3D by GT Interactive. [1870.36]
August 24
  • Microsoft releases Windows NT 4.0, with graphical user interface similar to that of Windows 95. The software comprises 16.5 million lines of code. Code-name during development was Cairo. [721.157] [779.42] [1182.166] [1241.19] [1526.87] [1559] [1648.53] [1897.131] (July 31 [847.13] [1639.125])
November
  • Egghead Software decides to stop selling Macintosh software at about two-thirds of its US retail stores. [1559]
December
  • Blizzard releases the Diablo computer game in the USA. [2530.50]

1997

February (month)
  • Top selling DOS/Windows personal computer software for the month in the USA: Turbo Tax. [2392.D10]
  • Top selling Macintosh software for the month in the USA: Macintax Deluxe. [2392.D10]
March 31
  • The consumer software division of Pixar Animation Studios is dissolved. [2605.223]
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October 13
  • DMA Design releases the Grand Theft Auto game for the PC in the UK. [2581.15]
October
  • The Learning Company releases Riven: The Sequel to Myst computer game. [1472.51] [2530.50]
  • Activision releases the Quake II game for personal computers in the USA. [1499.98] [2530.50]

End of 1996-1997. Next: 1998.
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