DavidS wrote: ejolson wrote:
Really? Where can I find a copy of MS-Word from 1976 or earlier?
According to Wikipedia, Microsoft Word was released in 1983. The first mass-marketed laser printer was the Apple LaserWriter introduced in 1985.
I know that was my point. Laser printers were already common (for all that could afford such) at computer installations in 1977.
I would argue that they weren't all that common prior to at least the late 1980s because not that many people could afford them. Businesses, yes, but not individuals. The same is true of PCs themselves. For use at the company I worked for at the time (the same one that installed the IBM 3800), I spec'd out a reasonable IBM PC and it came to $3000. In 1984 that was a lot of money and not all that many individuals could afford that.