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This day, Thirty Years ago, the first PC went on sale: Apple II

June 5, 1977 should be a red-letter day in Personal Computing. On this day thirty years ago, one of the first widely successful commercial computers, Apple II microcomputer ( sometimes called Apple ][ or Apple //), went on sale.

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Built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs and first introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire in 1977, the Apple II series of computers became popular and changed the technological world forever. Not just business users, the pricing enabled schools and home users own a computer. It became ever more popular after the release of VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet program.

The original Apple II was discontinued in 1980. However, in 1983 Apple introduced Lisa, the first commercial personal computer with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a mouse. The GUI was influenced by Xerox Alto, which was the first computer to employ a GUI. The GUI concept ultimately made its way into Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Apple II triggered the IBM PC, which led to Microsoft making software for personal computers and eventually the Internet was developed; and all this in 30 years.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, June 05, 2007