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What is a Computer?
“A Computer is an electronic machine that can solve different problems,
process data, store & retrieve data and perform calculations faster and
efficiently than humans”.

Meaning of the word "Computer"
Computer is derived from a Latin word “computare” which means to “to calculate”, “to count”, “to sum up” or “to think
together”. So, more precisely the word computer means a "device that performs computation".
Definition of Computer
“A Computer is programmed device with a set of instructions to perform specific tasks and generate results at a very high
speed”.
According to Wikipedia the word “Computer" was first used in a book called “the Young mans gleanings” in 1613.
Some interesting facts about computers & its Operating Systems
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING
1. Meaning of the word "Computer" 
2. Definition of Computer 
2.1. Some interesting facts about
computers

The first digital computers were developed between 1940 to 1945.

Konrad Zuse, In 1941 developed “Z3”, the first modern computing machine.

Konrad Zuse is regarded as “the inventor of computers”.

ENI AC (Electronic Numerical I ntegrator & Computer) was the first US-built electronic computer.

ENI AC was developed by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert.

The world’s first stored-program computer was “Manchester Baby” developed in 1948.

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The “Manchester Baby” was a small-scale experimental computer developed in Victoria university of Manchester.

In the 1 generation of computers, Computers were built with vacuum tubes.

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In 1957, FORTRAN (Formula Translator) was introduced.

Computers were built with Transistors in the 2 generation of computers.

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In the 3 generation of computers, Transistors were replaced with Integrated Circuits.

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In the 4 generation of computers, Microprocessors were used to built Computers.

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In 1981, IBM PC with Intel processors and MS-Dos were introduced.

In 1984, Macintosh Computers were introduced.

In 1985, Microsoft Windows GUI was introduced.

In 1989, Intel 486 computers were introduced.

In 1990, Windows 3.0 operating System for PCs was launched.

In 1991, the World Wide Web was introduced to the general public.

In 1991, Linux operating was developed.

In 1993, Intel’s Pentium was introduced.

In 1995, windows 95 operating system was made released.

In June, 1996 Windows 4.0 operating system was released.

On February 17, 2000, Windows 2000 was released.

Windows XP was released on 25 October, 2001.

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On November 30 , 2006 Windows Vista was released.

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On July 22 2009, Windows 7 was introduced.

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On Windows 8, the successor of Windows 7 was released on October 28 , 2012.

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