Computer History & Events

FloppyThe first computers using digital signals and electronic circuitry instead of mechanical elements appeared in the 1940s in the context of World War II. Famous early computers include Zuse and Colossus, but computer history is full of other machines which were also great achievements. The early computers were huge in size, and some needed water cooling. Along with miniaturization of computers software evolved, and the CPU power has been increasingly getting more powerful.

From the early computers to these days’ hardware and software is a quantum leap - the computer nowadays is the most complex systems ever built on earth. Read on to find all about the history of computers and great achievements here in this guide.

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Latest Articles on Computer History
This Day in Computer History: November 6

Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the contract that started Microsoft down the road to fame and fortune. Read about the contract and more in "This Day in Computer History"...

This Day in Computer History: December 26

Today marks the anniversary of the Time Magazine awarding the personal computer its "Man of the Year" award. Read more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology...

This Day in Computer History: December 27

Today marks the anniversary of Time magazine naming Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos "Person of the Year." Read more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of...

This Day in Computer History: December 25

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    This Day in Computer History: October 20

    Today marks the anniversary of the first release of Ubuntu and the beginning of two of the steepest antitrust fines in history. Read more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable...

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    Today ironically marks the anniversary of the announcement of the first Windows system and the first documented virus. Read about these events and more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology...

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    This Day in Computer History: September 30

    Today marks the anniversary of the release of Internet Explorer 4.0. Read about it and more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable events in the computer, ecommerce, and software...

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    Today marks the anniversary of the first test of the early internet by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau. Read about its and more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable events...

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    This Day in Computer History: August 28

    Today marks the anniversary of the formal alliance between IBM and Microsoft as well as the first email sent from space. Read about these events and more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology...

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