HP NewWave

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NewWave was an object-oriented graphical desktop environment and office productivity tool for PCs running early versions of Microsoft Windows (beginning with 2.0). It was developed by Hewlett-Packard and introduced c. 1989. It was used on the HP Vectras.

HP promoted NewWave until the release of Windows 95, at which time further development of the product ceased due to incompatibility with the new operating system. Because of alleged similarities to the Macintosh GUI, NewWave was the subject of an unsuccessful "look and feel" lawsuit by Apple (see Apple v. Microsoft). The NewWave GUI (together with the contemporaneous NeXTSTEP GUI) introduced the shaded "3-D look and feel" that was later widely adopted.

HP encouraged independent software vendors to produce versions of applications that took advantage of NewWave functionality—namely, versions that worked with objects instead of files. One early example was Lotus, who produced an edition of their Microsoft Windows word processor Ami Pro entitled "Ami Pro for NewWave."

NewWave also featured icons, scheduled scripts in the form of "agents", and "hot connects."[1]

Further reading[edit]

Articles in August 1989 issue of Hewlett-Packard Journal:[2]

  • "An overview of the HP NewWave environment" by Ian J. Fuller
  • "An extensible agent task language - creating scripts in the Hewlett-Packard NewWave environment" by Barbara B. Packard
  • "An object-based user interface for the HP NewWave environment" by Peter S. Showman
  • "The HP NewWave environment help facility" by Vicky Spilman
  • "The NewWave Object Management Facility" by John A. Dysart
  • "The NewWave Office - the user interface's tools and methods" by Beatrice Lam
  • "NewWave computer-based training development facility" by Lawrence A. Lynch-Freshner
  • "Product development using object-oriented software technology" by Thomas F. Kraemer
  • "Agents and the HP NewWave application program interface" by Glenn R. Stearns
  • "Encapsulation of applications in the NewWave environment" by William M. Crow


  1. ^ IDG Network World Inc (16 November 1987). "HP's NewWave eases PC user's net access". Network World (IDG Network World Inc): 6. ISSN 0887-7661. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ various (August 1989, Vol 40, 4). "HP's NewWave (35 Mb)" (PDF). Hewlett-Packard Journal (HP). Retrieved November 5, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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