30 Years of the PC: A Timeline | PCMag.com
- The PC didn't magically appear in its current wide-screen, multi-core, HD/3D viewing form overnight. It took many years (30, to be exact) to evolve from the venerable IBM PC of 1981 to the high-powered tech gadgets of today. The original idea of the PC was sound: using off the shelf parts combined with a relatively open, but fiercely curated set of standards so we wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel every time we wanted to advance from one version of the PC to the next. Remember that in the 1960s and 1970s, you routinely had to know assembly or machine language commands to operate a computer to its fullest potential. Now all manner of computers from PCs to smartphones to tablets are touch-enabled and simple enough for even a two year old to manage.