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History of the Computer

The history of the personal computer as a mass-market consumer electronic device began in 1977 with the introduction of microcomputers, although some mainframe and minicomputers had been applied as single-user systems much earlier. The Kenbak-1, released in early 1971, is considered by the Computer History Museum to be the world's first personal computer. It was built of small-scale integrated circuits and did not use a microprocessor.

The three preassembled mass-produced personal computers: the Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple Inc.), Apple II, the Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80, and the Commodore Business Machines Personal Electronic Transactor (PET). These machines used eight-bit microprocessors and possessed rather limited memory capacity.

In 1955, there were only 250 computers in use throughout the world, but by the mid-1980s, this figure had risen to 30 million.  Over 2 billion by 2015 and today almost half of private households worldwide were estimated to have a computer at home.

A Brief History of the Computer

History of computers: A brief timeline