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Alto

(1) See Alto Mail.

(2) The desktop computer from Xerox that pioneered the mouse/icon/desktop environment. Developed at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), it was the progenitor of Xerox's Star and Apple's Lisa and Mac. Designed in 1973 with built-in Ethernet, it had 128K of RAM, a 608x808 screen and a 2.5MB removable hard disk. About 1,000 Altos were in use by 1979. See PARC.




Alto Computer
The first graphical user interface created for business purposes was working more than 10 years before the Macintosh was introduced. (Image courtesy of Palo Alto Research Center.)






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