Blast from the Past: Apple Ships OS 8

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Blast from the Past: Apple Ships OS 8

July 1997. Apple Computer (and it was still Apple Computer back then, none of this Apple, Inc business) revealed the latest and greatest operating system: OS 8. It was even delivered on time! Selling for $99, OS 8 introduced a spiffy updated Finder, preemptive cooperative multitasking and memory protection. The standard installation required about 100 MB of disk space and 16 MB of RAM.

At the launch, licensing deals weren't quite worked out with the makers of the Mac clones--remember them?--but they were expected to start shipping their hardware with OS 8 pre-installed in short order. Of course, technologists were focused on the imminent arrival of Rhapsody--due to bow in 1998, but never actually showing up at the dance.

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