Personal computer history doesn’t begin with IBM or Microsoft, although Microsoft was an early participant in the fledgling PC industry.
The first personal computers, introduced in 1975, came as kits: The MITS Altair 8800, followed by the IMSAI 8080, an Altair clone.
What was the first computer called?
When were computers first used in homes?
Home computers were a class of microcomputers that entered the market in 1977, that started with what Byte Magazine called the “trinity of 1977”, (the Apple II, the TRS-80 Model I, and the Commodore PET) and which became common during the 1980s.
What was IBM’s first computer and when did it come out?
IBM’s own Personal Computer (IBM 5150) was introduced in August 1981, only a year after corporate executives gave the go-ahead to Bill Lowe, the lab director in the company’s Boca Raton, Fla., facilities. He set up a task force that developed the proposal for the first IBM PC.