jan 1, 1977 - Home Computers
Over the years, the digital computer had been developed from large machines that could fill a room, into smaller machines that instead used microprocessors. Most computers however, could only really be operated by specialized and technical individuals. Then, in the late 1970s, a number of companies began working on making affordable and accessible computers that could be marketed to the general public and used by anybody.
Eventually, the design for these "home" computers was standardized, with a screen for showing what the computer was saying, a keyboard for telling the computer instructions, and a drive for accepting discs that contained programs that the computer could run. The first of these commercial home computers entered the market in 1977, with the most successful models being the PET 2001, the Apple II, and the TRS-80.
Over the next few decades, the world of home computing would become an enormous industry across the globe, with the likes of Apple and Microsoft becoming multinational billion-dollar companies. Commercial computers would go on to be used in homes, workplaces, schools, and hundreds of other areas due to it's multiple uses, such as calculating, word processing, and even gaming.
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