Ever wondered who invented the mouse that you play around with while working on your PC. If you say Microsoft, you are not even close by a mile. IBM? Nah! That isn’t helping you either. How about Apple? Too close but not on target.
Come up with a few more names, and you still won’t get it right. So, who was it then? For those too curious, it was Xerox. You surely didn’t expect that, did you? No wonder why then Xerox says to the mouse “I am your father”. Not just mouse, the company was also the first to introduce a GUI (Graphic User Interface).
It all began in 1970, when Xerox established Xerox PARC research facility. The facility was the first to develop GUI and soon followed the invention of a pointing device that we now know of by the name ‘mouse’. In 1973, the company came up with a minicomputer named Xerox Alto which was in fact the first ever true personal computer equipped with a cathode-ray-type screen, an alphanumeric keyboard and of course the newly invented mouse.
The mouse was an instant success. However, unlike the modern day mice, the Alto mouse had three buttons placed top to bottom. It consisted of two wheels perpendicular to each other which were responsible for sensing the motion. According to an age old legend, the Alto mouse alone came with a price tag of $400+, while the entire Alto system was priced at $16,000.
Although Xerox did manage to set up a foundation for the modern-day computing, it lacked the right expertise to take it further. It was then that the company decided to link up with Apple, and since then it is Apple offering you the best of GUI and of course the smoothest mouse ever.