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Microsystems (magazine)

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Editor  Mark Rollins
Categories  Personal Computing
Former editors  Sol Libes
First issue  January 1980
Frequency  Bi-monthly 1980-1982; monthly 1983-1984
Final issue — Number  November 1984 Vol 5 No 11

Microsystems was a personal computing magazine founded by Sol Libes and published from January 1980 to November 1984. Oriented toward the home and business personal computer user, it included an editorial page, letters from readers, technical articles, and advertisements. As a historical reference, it is notable for chronicling in detail the early days of the personal computer. Topics covered in its issues included:

  • IEEE-696 / S-100 bus systems
  • the CP/M operating systems from Digital Research: CP/M-80, CP/M Plus, CP/M-86, and MP/M
  • the MS-DOS operating system from Microsoft
  • implementations of the PL/I language: PL/I-80 and PL/I-86 from Digital Research
  • the Turbo Pascal and UCSD Pascal languages
  • the 8080, Z80, 8086, and 80286 microprocessors
  • History

    As the nascent personal computer industry grew, the magazine changed as well. The front cover of the magazine adopted various titles throughout its history:

  • MICROSYSTEMS - the CP/M and S-100 user's journal
  • Microsystems - the CP/M user's journal
  • Microsystems - the journal for advanced microcomputing
  • In 1983, Ziff-Davis took over publication of the magazine, but decided in September 1984 to stop publication, citing "poor circulation and lack of substantial growth potential". The circulation at that time was about 55,000.

    Sol Libes resumed publication of the magazine under a new title in March 1985, as Micro/Systems Journal (ISSN 8750-9482) "for the Advanced Computer User".

    References

    Microsystems (magazine) Wikipedia


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