Quick Answer: When Did People Start Having Home Computers?

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.

When did personal computers become available?

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. (Yes, cloning has been around that long!)

When did laptops become mainstream?

By the end of the 1980s, laptop computers were becoming popular among business people. The 16-bit COMPAQ SLT/286 debuted in October 1988, being the first battery-powered laptop to support an internal hard disk drive and a VGA compatible LCD screen.

Who invented the personal computer?

Henry Edward Roberts, designer of the Altair 8800 Computer, “deserves credit as the inventor of the personal computer,” Cerruzi asserts. “Although calling Roberts the inventor makes sense only in the context of all that came before him . . . he does deserve the credit.” C’mon IBM, have a heart.