This Week in IT History: The Story Behind Lisa

Imagine a project that Steve Jobs wasn't the center of, and you've got the Apple Lisa, which debuted Jan. 19, 1983. The Lisa, as it was often called by those internal to the company, was Apple's first PC to sport a GUI interface and a mouse. Jobs had been involved at the outset and was instrumental in developing The Lisa's mission after having seen a demo of Xerox Parc's GUI technology (so the story goes), but he eventually went to work with the team developing the early Macintosh system.

Unlike the Macintosh that would prevail at Apple, The Lisa was built and priced for business: an entry-level system was more than $10K at the time.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 01/18/2011 at 11:59 AM

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