1997 – Apple Computer makes the acquisition of NeXT for $427 million. The OpenStep OS will be the base of Mac OS X. Steve Wozniak returns to Apple as an executive committee member. Gil Amelio – with Steve Jobs as his adviser – makes plans to restructure Apple. Finally, Bill Gates publicly states that he is very interested in continuing to work with Apple.
- Sega releases the last game for the Master System – Bomber Raid
- The 1GHz CMOS is demonstrated for the first time
- EarthLink merges with MindSpring