The death of the floppy disk

26 Apr 2010

Sony is to cease manufacturing its era-defining 3.5-inch floppy disks by early next year, it has emerged.

Sony first introduced the 3.5-inch floppy disk to the world in 1981 and over the years the format was gradually made obsolete through the introduction of CD-ROM, DVD disks and in more recent years, USB and portable memory.

With the onset of cloud computing, it will be debatable if people will even carry portable storage devices in the future.

While many will be surprised Sony was still making 3.5-inch disks at all, the company was actually still selling 12m of them a year up until last year.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years