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Milestones in Computer Technologies

Updated on February 8, 2013
The Apple prototype computer
The Apple prototype computer
The first Apple post production
The first Apple post production
The first portable
The first portable

Since 1980, technology has made quantum leaps in many areas but the most have occurred to computers and their technology. When one thinks about this, it appears like a "snowball" going downhill, it gets bigger and changes were more rapid. Technology in movies was not reflected much until the mid to late 1980's. One seldom saw a computer or cell phone in them, and when you did, it was done as a novelty item.

Computers evolved because of the new software games that a few companies made. These early strategy wargames were for the Apple II and sold in 1980-82. By today's standards, they appear rudimentary in execution and graphics. For most consumers, the only reason to buy a $2000 computer then were to play games. There were very few programs available, even word processing programs were hard to find.

Here are other milestones:

  • 1983 - Compaq introduces the first portable computer the size of a small suitcase
  • 1984 - Michael Dell, a college student, begins a computer company in his dorm room building PCs
  • 1985 - Windows 1.0 is sold to the public with its very clunky interface
  • 1986 - Intel intoduces the first 32-bit processor, the 386
  • 1987 - VGA arrives providing video that is WAY better than CGA, EGA
  • 1989 - HTML is invented, there is no WWW yet
  • 1991 - The PCI bus is created by Intel
  • 1993 - Mosaic web browser becomes the most popular web browser. Its creator later creates Netscape
  • 1994 - Windows 95 arrives killing once and for all-MS-DOS
  • 1995 - The first 3D chips appear in products
  • 1996 - USB arrives
  • 1997 - DVD players arrive for the computer
  • 2001 - Windows XP arrives
  • 2002 - Microsoft introduces the first tablet computer using XP
  • 2003 - The first 64 bit CPU arrives
  • 2004 - Intel's Pentium CPU arrives
  • 2006 - The first Core 2 Duo arrives
  • 2007 - Apple's smartphone arrives and defines what others copy
  • 2009 - Windows 7 arrives
  • 2010 - Apple releases the iconic iPad tablet computer
  • 2012 - Windows 8 arrives. By now, with millions of smart phones owned, able to compute and do as much as a computer, many consumers do not a laptop or desktop computer.


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    • CarNoobz profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      That's cool seeing the old Apple. I remember when I was a kid, my dad had a...I think it was Radio Shack...TRS-80 that he used at home for work...he called it a "Trash 80."

      I think my son's free cell phone could run circles around that old computer LOL

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I really enjoyed reading about the chronology of the computers and their advancement. Very interesting. Thanks for taking the time for this. Voting up and pinning.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Yes, computer history is amazing.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Personal computer history like this is always of interest - for example the image of that prototype Apple computer and some of the datelines shown. If it is of interest to you for use in a future posting, I can supply you with info about the 1977 versions of the Dynasty Computer Corporation's "Smart Alec" units, including some photos of one of the units. Thanks for this interesting article.

      Gus :-)))


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