Important Milestones in IT History

When discussing important events in the history of Information Technology, many Americans would probably list the first release of the Windows software by Bill Gates as a notable IT milestone.  While this moment in history is truly significant, there are several others that are perhaps even more important.  Believe it or not, the very first binary computer was designed in 1938 by German Konrad Zuse. We have certainly come a long ways since then.

Here are some other important milestones in IT history.

  • World War II was responsible for some of the most advanced technologies that we still use today, including space travel and Information Technology.  It also brought about the invention of the Colossus electronic computer, a device used to decrypt German codes.  Colossus was the first to use vacuum tubes and Boolean algebra.
  • In the 1950’s, commercial computers began to hit the marketplace.  Far different from the portable devices that we use today, these massive systems often filled entire rooms.  IBM becomes a leading manufacturer of new computer systems widely used in the banking and accounting industries.
  • In 1970, Random-Access Memory (RAM) was first introduced by the Intel Company.  This invention is still an important component of today’s IT systems. It allows extra storage space while helping to process computer code more efficiently.
  • In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer Inc.  By 1984, the Apple Macintosh changes the face of IT history forever as it provided the average consumer with a desktop computer at an affordable price.
  • In the 1980’s and 1990’s, user-friendliness and increased flexibility become the new focus.  During these decades, the laptop computer and the notebook begin to gain in popularity at an alarming rate.  The very first flip-top laptop, the Gavilan SC, is introduced in 1983, ushering in the era of maximized portability and the age of the smartphone.

Looking to the Future

When we talk about Information Technology today, most of us tend to look to the future rather than the past.  With the introduction of Windows 2016 and maximized touch screen capabilities, many of us are beginning to see that the future of IT is limited only by the imagination.  But the installation and management practices associated with every form of new technology can be somewhat intimidating to the common business owner and individual user.

That’s where Method One IT comes in!  Let us help you determine which IT systems will be the most cost effective for your business.  For more information on our wide selection of IT Services, contact us at Method One IT.