Back in 1981, IBM launched the world’s first personal computer. Loaded with an Intell8088 processor and 16k of memory, it helped put everyday people in front of computers and started bringing high-technology into the home. We’ve come a long way since then, through various revolutions and bubbles, and what a journey it has been.
To celebrate these glorious three decades of personal computing, PC Mag has put together this timeline of major events in personal computing. It doesn’t cover everything, certainly, but it’s an interesting collection of the events that brought us to where we are today. Be sure to note the adjusted prices for some of these machines, it certainly makes me a lot happier about what I paid for my netbook.
Be sure to check out PC Mag’s exhaustive timeline as well.