The IBM PC turns 30 Years Old. 30 years ago, on August 12 1981, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, was a seminal moment. Why? It was the unveiling of the IBM 5150 personal computer.
But the introduction of the IBM PC was a defining moment for the IT industry. Once IBM entered the market with a system running the Microsoft Disk Operating System, MS-DOS, the industry really began to realize the dream of a PC on every desk and in every home. (Aside: my first computer, was a IBM PC AT with 360kb 5/quarter inch floppy disk drive, 360 kb RAM).
Thirty years ago, Microsoft believed that making technology less expensive and more widely available would open up amazing opportunities for people and organizations to achieve their dreams. Our fundamental belief that democratizing technology can change the world continues to drive everything we do, and as technology and society have changed over the last 30 years, our vision for how technology can change the world has evolved as well.
Other PCs preceded it.
As we look ahead to the next 30 years, we’ll continue to lead the industry forward in bringing technology to the next billion (or 2 billion or 6 billion) people on our planet.
[Source: Microsoft blog]