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Steve Jobs was inspired to create his Lisa computer after visiting Xerox in December 1979. There he was shown the Xerox Alto computer featuring a first of its kind, mouse driven interface. Jobs promptly integrated mouse functionality into the Lisa and every Mac afterwards. #Apple #History

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Xerox Alto (The First Computers Designed for Individual Use), 1973

The Xerox Alto, one of the first personal computers.

This is the Xerox Alto displayed at the Fuji Xerox Building, Minato Mirai, Yokohama. The Xerox Alto was an early personal computer developed at Xerox PARC in 1973. It was the first computer to use the desktop metaphor and graphical user interface (GUI). It was not a commercial product, but several thousand units were built and were heavily used at PARC, other Xerox facilities, and at several universities for many years. The Alto greatly influenced the design of personal computers in the following decades, notably the Macintosh and the first Sun workstations. It is now very rare and is a valuable collector's item. -

1973 - Xerox Alto computer at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). First machine (demo) to use a mouse (primitive), and Ethernet protocol. The CPU sat under a desk; display, mouse, and keyboard sat on top. Steve Jobs toured the Xerox PARC facilities in 1979 and recognized the utility of the GUI. The design of Apple's Lisa computer was changed to be GUI-based. Xerox also developed a GUI machine called the Star for the mass market, but both machines were flops due to high prices.

Xerox 8010 Star Information System, 1981.

Xerox Alto GUI (Cedar Environment), 1973