History of Computers

Main

Charles Babbage designs his first mechanical computer

1822 - 1823

1st Generation

1939 - 1949

These computers were very basic and used mostly as a means of communication during WWII. One of the first Hewlett-Packards (HP} was used to create the sounds in the Walt-Disney "Fantasia".

2nd Generation: Transistors

1950 - 1959

3rd Generation: Microprocessor

1960 - 1969

4th Generation: Microcomputer

1970 - 1979

1980's Generation: Rise of Microcomputers

1980 - 1989

1990's Personal Computers

1990 - 1999

2000's Mobile Computing

2000 - 2009

Computers

1940 - Complex Number Calculator (CNC) developed

1940

1948 - IMB SSEC (used to plot the course of Apollo to the moon in 1969)

1948

1956 MIT TXO - First General Purpose Programmable Computer

1956

1966 HP 2115 - First General Purpose Computer Business

1966

1971 Kenback 1 - First Peronal Computer $750

1971

1979 - Atari releases it's first gaming system 400 and 800

1979

1984 - Apple Macintosh (first mouse driven computer w/ graphics)

1984

1995 - Sony Playstation Released

1995

2005 - XBox 360 Released

2005

2010 - iPad

2010

Apple develops the iPad it's first tablet computer that share capabilities of a smartphone.

Apple

System 1.0

1984 - 1987

System 5.0

1987 - 1988

System 6.0

1988 - 1990

System 7.0

1991 - 1997

OS 8.0

1997 - 1998

OS 9.0

1998 - 1999

OS 10.0

2000 - 2001

Jaguar 10.1

2001 - 2002

Panther 10.3

2002 - 2003

Tiger 10.4

2002 - 2006

Leopard 10.5

2006 - 2009

Snow Leopard 10.6

2009 - 2010

Microsoft

Windows 1.0

1985 - 1989

Windows 3.0

1990 - 1993

NT

1994 - 1995

Windows 95

1995 - 1997

Windows 98

1998 - 1999

ME / 2000

2000 - 2001

Windows XP

2001 - 2005

Windows Vista

2006 - 2007

Windows 7

2007 - 2010