January 2

“Bill Gates and Paul Allen write to Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the manufacturer of the Altair computer, saying they have a BASIC language for the Intel 8080 processor. Gates and Allen propose licensing the language for use on the Altair in exchange for royalty payments. This letter and the contract which results from it, are the first time Gates and Allen refer to themselves by the company name Microsoft, spelled “Micro-Soft”.”

“Software Arts is incorporated by founders Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston for the purpose of developing VisiCalc, the world’s first spreadsheet program, which will be published by a separate company, Personal Software Inc. (later named VisiCorp). VisiCalc will come to be widely regarded as the first “killer app” that turned the microcomputer into a serious business tool. Read more about VisiCalc.”

Coleco Industries announces it will sell off its Adam computer inventory and abandon the home computer business.

“The development of Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service), an extraordinarily influential early time-sharing operating system, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is discontinued with MSS version 38.3.”

Intel announces that it will recall its 1.13 GHz Pentium III processors due to a “glitch”.

“Jim Harrer, co-founder of Mustang Software, which developed Wildcat! BBS system, becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of Starbase Corporation in Santa Ana, California. Read the original press release.”

Version 1.2 Beta of the NeoOffice office suite is released.

The University of Washington first releases the BitTyrant java-based bittorrent client.

Cakewalk posts a free trial of their digital audio workstation – Sonar 8 EMC purchases SourceLabs for an undisclosed fee. SourceLabs creates the open source Wiki called SWIK

An error was found in OS X Mail, which discarded attachements for saved messages

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