It is the time, once again, for us to take another look back. Here are a few notable events for technology in June.
June 5 – The Apple II goes on sale in 1977. Many saw it to be the first practical personal computer. The Apple II featured a 1MHz MOS 6502 processor, an integrated keyboard, 4K of memory that was expandable to 48K, a monitor capable of color graphics, a sound card, and had a BASIC programming environment. The most sought after features were the 8 expansion slot for adding peripherals and the VisiCalc spreadsheet program which was known as the first “killer app” of the business world.
June 16 – Several tech giants announced the release of NetPC in 1997. Acer, Compaq, Dell, Gateway 2000, HP, IBM, Mitac International, Mitshubishi Electric, NEC, Pionex Technologies, Unisys, and Zenith Data Systems joined forces for this diskless personal computer that could connect to the internet.
June 25 – On this day in 1981, Microsoft becomes an officially incorporated business in Washington. The privately held corporation lists Bill Gates as president and chairman of the board and Paul Allen as executive vice president.