Borland Sidekick

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Borland Sidekick was a personal information manager (PIM) launched by American software company Borland in 1984 under Philippe Kahn's leadership.wikipedia
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Borland Sidekick was a personal information manager (PIM) launched by American software company Borland in 1984 under Philippe Kahn's leadership.
1984 saw the launch of Borland Sidekick, a time organization, notebook, and calculator utility that was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for DOS operating systems.

Terminate and stay resident program

TSRTerminate and Stay Residentmemory resident
It was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for MS-DOS which enabled computer users to activate the program using a hot key combination (by default: Ctrl-Alt) while working in other programs.
Borland Sidekick was an early and popular example of this type.

WordStar

MicroProMicroPro InternationalWordStar 4.0
It included a personal calendar, text editor (with WordStar-like command interface), calculator, ASCII chart, address book, and phone dialer.
Some Borland products, including the popular Turbo Pascal compiler, and Borland Sidekick, used a subset of WordStar keyboard commands, the former in its IDE and the latter in the "Notepad" editors.

Windows 1.0

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Sidekick for Windows 1.0 was developed and released by Borland before Kahn left the company.
In conclusion, the Times felt that the poor performance, lack of dedicated software, uncertain compatibility with DOS programs, and the lack of tutorials for new users made DOS-based software such as Borland Sidekick (which could provide a similar assortment of accessories and multitasking functionality) more desirable for most PC users.

Integrated software

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Elsewhere in the issue, the magazine stated that Sidekick's existence "seems to point out a major drawback in quite a few integrated software packages. Why should owners of advanced, multifunction business programs that are supposedly easy to use and that claim to solve all problems be compelled to purchase a utility like Sidekick? It makes you wonder about all those advertising claims".
BYTE asked in 1984, "Why should owners of advanced, multifunction business programs that are supposedly easy to use and that claim to solve all problems be compelled to purchase a utility like Sidekick? It makes you wonder about all those advertising claims."

Personal information manager

PIMpersonal information managementcontacts and calendaring
Borland Sidekick was a personal information manager (PIM) launched by American software company Borland in 1984 under Philippe Kahn's leadership.

Philippe Kahn

Phillipe KahnKahn, Philippe
Borland Sidekick was a personal information manager (PIM) launched by American software company Borland in 1984 under Philippe Kahn's leadership. When Philippe Kahn left Borland in 1994 to found Starfish Software, he acquired all rights to Sidekick from Borland.

MS-DOS

DOSMS-DOS 5.0MS-DOS 6.0
It was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for MS-DOS which enabled computer users to activate the program using a hot key combination (by default: Ctrl-Alt) while working in other programs.

Keyboard shortcut

hotkeykeyboard shortcutshotkeys
It was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for MS-DOS which enabled computer users to activate the program using a hot key combination (by default: Ctrl-Alt) while working in other programs.

Control key

CtrlcontrolCtrl key
It was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for MS-DOS which enabled computer users to activate the program using a hot key combination (by default: Ctrl-Alt) while working in other programs.

Alt key

Alt Alt [Alt] key
It was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for MS-DOS which enabled computer users to activate the program using a hot key combination (by default: Ctrl-Alt) while working in other programs.

Text mode

text-onlytext-modetext version
Although a text-mode program, Sidekick's window-based interface echoed that of the Apple Macintosh and anticipated the eventual look of Microsoft Windows 2.0.

Macintosh

Apple MacintoshMacMacs
Although a text-mode program, Sidekick's window-based interface echoed that of the Apple Macintosh and anticipated the eventual look of Microsoft Windows 2.0.

Microsoft

Microsoft CorporationMicrosoft Corp.MS
Although a text-mode program, Sidekick's window-based interface echoed that of the Apple Macintosh and anticipated the eventual look of Microsoft Windows 2.0.

Windows 2.0

2.02.xMicrosoft Windows 2
Although a text-mode program, Sidekick's window-based interface echoed that of the Apple Macintosh and anticipated the eventual look of Microsoft Windows 2.0.

ASCII

US-ASCIIAmerican Standard Code for Information InterchangeASCII code
It included a personal calendar, text editor (with WordStar-like command interface), calculator, ASCII chart, address book, and phone dialer.

Prospectus (finance)

prospectusdisclosurePrivate Placement Memorandum
According to the prospectus for Borland's initial public offering of stock to the public, Sidekick sold more than 1 million copies in its first three years.

Initial public offering

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According to the prospectus for Borland's initial public offering of stock to the public, Sidekick sold more than 1 million copies in its first three years.

Clipboard (computing)

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In addition to variants on and enhancements to the 1.0 features, Plus included a 9-file Outliner, q file and directory manager, Clipboard, and supported Expanded Memory and a RAM disk.

Expanded memory

EMSExpanded Memory Specificationexpanded memory manager
In addition to variants on and enhancements to the 1.0 features, Plus included a 9-file Outliner, q file and directory manager, Clipboard, and supported Expanded Memory and a RAM disk.

RAM drive

RAM diskramdiskvirtual drive
In addition to variants on and enhancements to the 1.0 features, Plus included a 9-file Outliner, q file and directory manager, Clipboard, and supported Expanded Memory and a RAM disk.

Ring binder

bindersbinder3-ring binder
Traveling Sidekick included a 3-ring binder notebook with solar-powered pocket calculator, and Sidekick software.

Starfish Software

When Philippe Kahn left Borland in 1994 to found Starfish Software, he acquired all rights to Sidekick from Borland.

Sonia Lee

Sonia Lee Kahn
Starfish's co-founder Sonia Lee Kahn designed the look and feel of Sidekick 95, which was launched simultaneously with Windows 95 with great success.

Windows 95

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Starfish's co-founder Sonia Lee Kahn designed the look and feel of Sidekick 95, which was launched simultaneously with Windows 95 with great success.