This week in 1969 – IBM announced that effective January 1970 it will price its software and services separately from hardware – effectively creating the modern software industry.
1995 – For the first time, a U.S. space shuttle (“Atlantis”) linked up with a Russian space station (“Mir”). They remained docked until July 4. The joined craft were visible from earth as a fast-moving, shiny, star and carried a record 10 people (6 Americans and 4 Russians).
1998 – Windows 98 was released. Microsoft used the slogan, “Works better. Plays better.” The company said the new operating system would bring an “increased computer experience by providing a rich feature set for a wider variety of users than ever before.”
And this week in 2007 – Apple released the very first iPhone – a device that pretty much revolutionized the smartphone industry.