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Dates In History


1985 [Detail]
 1985 First Commodore Amiga Released
 January 1985 Commodore 128 Released
 20th February Olivetti buy 49% of Acorn Computers
 26th April First ARM Processor Powered Up
 23rd May Atari offers 520ST in three versions [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May Japanese turn to compact discs [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May Enterprise 128 vies with QL [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May Kempston develop QL's first mouse package [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May CPC464 Roms released by Micro Power [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May BBC B+ meets caution in High Street [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May Games Workshop backs off [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May Basic computer for Spectrum from OCS [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 23rd May DK'tronics Popeye and Hagar out soon [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 21 - 23-30 May 1985
 6th June Sinclair seeks 15 finance and may sell C5 company [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June Amstrad vies with Atari at Chicago exhibition [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June Dixons to bundle Sinclair TV and Spectrum [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June CBM announces more "bundles" [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June Release date for Cauldron from Palace [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June From Hampstead to terror at the seaside [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June Atari's 520 STs arrive in the UK [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June Spectrums discounted for export market [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 6th June Amstrad light pen from DK [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 23 - 6-12 June 1985
 13th June Amiga's arrival pressures Atari [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Amstrad goes for US 128K launch [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Domark to develop "Biggles" game? [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Oric bought by French company [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Space robots kit crosses Atlantic [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Hopes of Sinclair progress hindered by accounts delay [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Acorn boss appointed from Olivetti [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June First showing of C128 at show [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Receiver called in - Protek [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Software auction for charity [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 13th June Chicago Show dominated by Activision and Epyx [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 24 - 13-19 June 1985
 27th June Timex loses 400 jobs despite Sinclair rescue [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June Business retailers doubtful over F1e [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June Yachting simulation planned for the Autumn [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June Rupert the Bear game from Quicksilva [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June Acorn suspends shares again amid continuing financial difficulties [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June US Gold takes on Epyx games contract [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June Healing touch from Talent's Cartridge Doctor [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 27th June Discs galore at ZX Microfair [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985
 4th July Crisis talks at Acorn continue as financial crisis deepens [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 4th July Commodore Amiga US launch date set for July 23 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 4th July Compunet expands after "teething troubles" [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 4th July Amstrad hits tape copy row with twin cassette recorder [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 4th July Atari revives 260ST - a 256K model with built-in disk drive [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 4th July "Sir Clive Ltd" to head R&D - role of Sir Clive Sinclair clarified in future of Sinclair Research [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 4th July US Gold to import "The Goonies" game in September [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985
 11th July First Philips CD Roms out this autumn for the Atari or Amstrad [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July MSX prices slashed by Dixons [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July Tour de France game launched by Activision for Commodore and Spectrum [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July Acorn projects stalled amid financial troubles [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July Sinclair seeks independent returns test over unreliability claims [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July Atari's range to include 260XE? [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July Honeywell's fastest chip in the west using gallium arsenide [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 11th July C compiler for the Commodore 64 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 28 - 11-17 July 1985
 18th July Sinclair QL gets 3.5" disc drive from Microperipherals in apparent "U"-turn [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July Amstrad 128K 6128 to launch in autumn? [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July Sinclair looks into potential of optical technologies [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July Home micro software to be available on "card" from Astar International [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July Writ against Sir Clive Sinclair from Hoover [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July UK firms let-down as USSR goes for MSX in schools contract [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July GEC plans to build 150m chip factory [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 18th July MUD 2 adventure game to be launched [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 29 - 18-24 July 1985
 25th July Commodore 128 Price Agreed [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 30 - 25-31 July 1985
 25th July New Games from Ultimate [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 30 - 25-31 July 1985
 25th July Acorn MD [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 30 - 25-31 July 1985
 25th July Schools go for CPCs [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 30 - 25-31 July 1985
 25th July Compunet slings MUD at BT [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 30 - 25-31 July 1985
 1st August Amstrad plans 16-bit portable based on Z800 chip and to be IBM compatible [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 31 - 1-7 August 1985
 1st August Acorn deal saves new BBC micros in second rescue package this year [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 31 - 1-7 August 1985
 1st August Commodore Amiga launched in America [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 31 - 1-7 August 1985
 1st August Acorn previews 32016 processor and BBC B Plus at Barbican [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 31 - 1-7 August 1985
 1st August New chief executive for Sinclair Research [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 31 - 1-7 August 1985
 24th September Steve Jobs founds NeXT Computers Inc.
 October 1985 Introduction of Intel 386
 24th October Atari's megabyte monster [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October TAU-CETI [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Commodore C128 hampered by disk drive delay [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Sir Clive's C5 venture appoints receiver [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Datasoft in court over takeover bid [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Spectrum Elite put back [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Commodore seeks to license Amiga chips [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Miner Willy in new game for January [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 24th October Fighter Pilot sequel launched [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 43 - 24-30 October 1985
 5th November Amstrad sets its sights on IBM [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 49 - 5-11 November 1985
 5th November Lord of the Rings [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 49 - 5-11 November 1985
 5th November Sinclair turns in 18.3m loss [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 49 - 5-11 November 1985
 5th November Sub-1,000 Amiga? [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 49 - 5-11 November 1985
 5th November Data Protection [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 49 - 5-11 November 1985
 5th November Charts [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 49 - 5-11 November 1985
 6th November BBC Sales Block [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 6th November Rumbelows drops Spectrum as stores plan Xmas ranges [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 6th November The Big Apple holds firm [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 6th November C64 bonanza [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 6th November Tony Bridge's Adventure Corner [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 6th November Top Charts - Top Twenty/ Readers' Chart No 48 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 6th November Pick of the week - Disc Driven [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 44 - 31 October - 6 November 1985
 7th November Clive's New Year micros [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November BBC Micro 32K Production Ceased [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November Clive booked! [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November Atari goes slow on 260ST [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November Amstrad in 'copier' row [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November Top Charts - Top Twenty/ Readers' Chart No 49 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November Pick of the week - Bizarre Scenario [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 7th November Time Limit [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 45 - 7-13 November 1985
 20th November Microsoft Windows Launched
 21st November Acorn paves way for 16-bit BBC machine [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 47 - 21-27 November 1985
 21st November Back to the Future [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 47 - 21-27 November 1985
 21st November Spectrum settles Soft Aid storm [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 47 - 21-27 November 1985
 21st November Top Charts - Top Twenty/ Readers' Chart No 51 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 47 - 21-27 November 1985
 21st November Pick of the week - A hard line [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 47 - 21-27 November 1985
 4th December Top Charts - Top Twenty/ Readers' Chart No 52 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 48 - 28 November-4 December 1985
 4th December Pick of the week - Original Touches [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 48 - 28 November-4 December 1985
 4th December Cray X-MP Supercomputer Begins Operation
 4th December First Spectrum 128s hit the UK [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 48 - 28 November-4 December 1985
 4th December Amiga launch date is set [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 48 - 28 November-4 December 1985
 4th December US Gold and Beyond in Superman clash [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 48 - 28 November-4 December 1985
 12th December Spectrum to break 100 as 128 looms in January [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 12th December Amiga planned for June in UK [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 12th December Xmas ZX Fair [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 12th December Charts [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 12th December Unlucky 13 [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 12th December Acceptable [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 12th December Peerless Adventure [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 50 - 12 -18 December 1985
 19th December Atari admits to delay on 260ST [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 51 - 19-25 December 1985
 19th December Sinclair's wafers [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 51 - 19-25 December 1985
 19th December Microsoft Logo to enter schools market [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 51 - 19-25 December 1985
 19th December Charts [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 51 - 19-25 December 1985
 19th December Ninteen Eighty-Four George Orwell [News Article] - Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 51 - 19-25 December 1985

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