Microsoft Soft Card

The Z-80 SoftCard is a plug-in co processor card developed by Microsoft to turn the Apple II into a CP/M system based upon the Zilog Z80. Becoming the most popular CP/M platform and Microsoft's top revenue source for 1980, it was eventually renamed the Microsoft Softcard and was succeeded by Microsoft's Premium Softcard IIe for the Apple IIe.

Introduced in 1980 as Microsoft's first hardware product, and bundled with the Microsoft Basic programming language, the Z-80 SoftCard is a co processor card enabling the Apple II to run the Digital Research C/PM operating system, which was the industry-standard operating system for running business software. This gives Apple II users access to many more business applications, including compilers and interpreters for several high level languages. CP/M, one of the earliest cross-platform operating systems, is easily adaptable to a wide range of auxiliary chips and peripheral hardware, but it requires an Intel 8080 -compatible CPU, which the Zilog Z80 is, but which the Apple's CPU, the MOS Technology, is not. The SoftCard has a Zilog Z80 CPU plus some74LS00 Series TTL chips to adapt that processor's bus to the Apple Bus.




Platform : Apple II
Format : 5.25 floppy disk
Publisher : Apple
Authors : Apple
Date : 1984

Other Software by Apple:

Item Manufacturer Platform Format Date
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Supplement, January 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Unknown
Apple Dealer CDs and DVDs, 1990s Apple CD-ROM Unknown
MusicProse Apple Coda 3.5" disc Unknown
Hopalong Cassidy / Lemonade Apple Computer Inc Apple II Cassette 1979
Brian's Theme / Phone List Apple Computer Inc Apple II Cassette 1979
Color Demosoft / Little Brickout Apple Computer Inc Apple II Cassette 1979
Alignment Test Tone / Renumber / Append Apple Computer Inc Apple II Cassette 1979
Penny Arcade / Finance 1 Apple Computer Inc Apple II Cassette 1979
Apple Pilot Apple Apple II 5.25" Disk 1980
Apple Business BASIC Apple Apple III 5.25" Floppy Disk 1981
Apple III Diskware Program Apple Apple 3 5.25" Floppy disk 1981
Apple II Emulation: Integer & Applesoft BASIC (Apple III) Apple Apple III 5.25" Floppy Disk 1981
Apple Quick Writer III Apple Apple III 5.25" Floppy Disk 1981
Apple Access Apple Apple 5.25" Floppy disk 1981
Apple III: Mail List Manager Apple Apple III 5.25" Floppy disk 1981
Apple III: Apple Writer III (Large Pack) Apple Apple 5.25" Floppy disk 1982
Apple Quick File III Apple Apple III 5.25" Floppy Disk 1982
Apple III: Apple Writer III Apple Apple 5.25" Floppy disk 1982
Apple III: Visicalc III Apple Apple 5.25" Floppy disk 1982
Appleworks Apple Apple II 5.25 floppy disk 1983
Macpaint Apple Apple Macintosh 3.5" Disk/ Cassette 1983
Apple III System Software Apple Apple 3 5.25" Floppy disk 1983
Apple III: Backup III Apple Apple 5.25" Floppy disk 1983
Microsoft Soft Card Apple Apple II 5.25 floppy disk 1984
Applesoft Programmer's Kit Apple Apple II 5.25" Floppy Disk 1984
Icon Art Master Pineapple Software BBC Micro 5.25 Inch Disk 1985
MacWorks XL Apple Apple Macintosh 3.5" Floppy Disk 1985
Macintosh Plus Apple 3.5" flopy disk Apple Macintish 1986
P.C.B. Pineapple Software BBC Micro 5.25 Disk 1986
Macintosh HyperCard Boxed Apple Apple Macintosh 3.5" disc 1987
Diagram II Pineapple Software BBC Micro 5.25 Disk 1988
Oops! The Big Apple Commodore 64 Cassette 1988
Macintosh System 7 Personal Upgrade Apple Apple Macintosh 3.5" Floppy Disk 1991
The Virtual Museum (USA) Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1992
Multimedia in Action Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1993
Apple Media Tool Apple Computer Apple Macintosh CD 1993
System 7.5 Apple Mac OS 3.5" Floppy Disk 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Partner Edition, April 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Apr 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Special Edition Power Macintosh, May 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM May 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Partner Edition, July 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jul 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Supplement, September 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Sep 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, October 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Oct 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Special Edition Power Macintosh Version 2.0, November 1994. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Nov 1994
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Partner Edition, January 1995. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jan 1995
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Supplement, February 1995. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Feb 1995
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Supplement, March 1995. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Mar 1995
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, April 1995. (case only) Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Apr 1995
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, May 1995. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM May 1995
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, June 1995. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jun 1995
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, July 1995. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jul 1995
Apple Marketing CD-ROM Collection Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1996
Apple Computer Europe Macintosh Performa In-store Demo Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1996
Mac OS 7.6 Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1996
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, Sptember 1996. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Sep 1996
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, October 1996. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Oct 1996
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, November 1995 (case only) Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Nov 1996
Apple Computer Europe Consumer In-store Demo Spring 1997 Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1997
Apple Service Source CD Apple Apple Mac CD-ROM 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, January 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jan 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, February 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Feb 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, March 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Mar 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, May 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM May 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, June 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jun 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, July 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jul 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, August 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Aug 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, October 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Oct 1997
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, November 1997. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Nov 1997
QuickTime Attract Loop Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1998
Apple Display Software Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM 1998
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, January 1998. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Jan 1998
Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert. Provider Edition, February 1998. Apple Apple Macintosh CD-ROM Feb 1998
Mac OS X - 10.1 Apple Apple Macintosh CD ROM 2002
Mac OS X - 10.2 Apple Apple Macintosh CD ROM 2002
Mac OS X Panther Version 10.3 Apple Apple Macintosh DVD 2003
Aperture Apple Apple Macintosh CD ROM 2005
AppleWorks 6 Apple Apple Macintosh CD ROM 2005
iLife '05 Apple Apple Macintosh CD ROM 2005
Mac OS X Tiger Version 10.4 Apple Apple Macintosh DVD 2005
Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (Retail) Apple Apple Macintosh DVD-ROM 2007
Mac Box Set (2009) Apple Apple Macintosh DVD-ROM 2009

Information About Apple:

Item Manufacturer Date
Apple Computer Inc. Apple Computer Inc. 1976

 

 

 

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