Milestones of computers as universal home appliances

May 20, 2008
  • 1972: IBM introduces 701, a multi-tasking enabled computer
  • 1968: Douglas Engelbart introduces windowed displays, a graphical user interface, networking, hyperlinks, audio and video “conferencing”, dynamic file linking, shared-
    screen collaboration and a mouse.
  • 1973/1984: Development of the Xerox Alto featuring What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor, a mouse, a graphical user interface (GUI), and bit-mapped display, menus and
    icons, windows, and Ethernet
  • 1984: The Macintosh indicates a dramatic shift from the notion of computing as specialized work (computational) to computing as used in all work, and finally to computing used in the home.

From Jon Kolko’s book THOUGHTS ON INTERACTION DESIGN (page26-28)

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One Response to “Milestones of computers as universal home appliances”

  1. MacForce Says:

    Great post. Always nice to see a clear time line like this. Thanks.


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