PCGH Retro: Apple is back, Microsoft goes online
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on August 15?
...1995: Microsoft missed the Internet trend – the Netscape Navigator had almost no competitor on the browser market. Even the soon to be released Windows 95 isn’t really prepared for the web. The course is changed shortly before the release: On this August 15 programmer Benjamin Slivka suggests to integrate a browser into the new operating system. Although it is too late to do so, the Internet Explorer 1.0 is, basing on the Mosaic Browser, developed at haste. It is integrated into Windows 95 with the Plus add-on pack. From now on every new Windows version gets a version of the Internet Explorer, but version 3.0 is the first one to be successful.
...1998: Apple is in trouble. The lifesaver is the computer which, after its introduction in May, is released on this August 15: the iMac. The company released the first cheap and easy to handle computer in years. With an integrated 56k modem it is supposed to clear the way to the internet even for beginners. The original iMac was installed into the case of a 15 inch monitor and its G3 processor ran at 133 MHz. Additional features: 32 MiByte SDRAM, CD drive, modern USB interface, Ati Rage II graphics card with 2 MiByte VRAM – and no floppy drive, a decision Apple is criticized for. The iMac doesn’t just start a trend for half transparent PC components, but it also opens the gate to the internet for many people – and it ends Apple’s crisis.