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A Timeline of Tech: Significant IT Milestones from the Last 100 Years

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Imagine a world without mobile phones, internet, or even computers. It’s hard to believe that just a century ago, this was our reality. Information Technology, or IT for short, has transformed every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate to how we secure our most sensitive data. Corbel Solutions has played a part in this for the past 30 years, providing expert IT support and Cyber Security to keep your digital life running smoothly and securely. In this blog, we are taking it back and exploring the pivotal moments that have made IT what it is today.

  • 1920s – The first steps toward modern computing with machines that could automatically add and subtract numbers.
  • 1940s –  The creation of computers that could be programmed to carry out a list of instructions, a huge leap forward in technology.
  • 1950s –  The launch of the first commercial computers, which started to change the way businesses operated.
  • 1960s – Computers became smaller and more powerful, leading to the development of the first computer networks.
  • 1970s – The era of the personal computer began, making technology more accessible to the general public.
  • 1980s – The first mobile phones and emergence of the internet, connecting people like never before.
  • 1990s – The internet became widely available, and the first web browsers made it user-friendly.
  • 2000s – The rise of e-commerce and the birth of social media, transforming how we shop and interact.
  • 2010s – The cloud made it possible to access our data from anywhere, and social media became a global phenomenon.
  • 2020s – The pandemic highlighted the importance of Cyber Security and remote working technologies. Additionally, the rise of automation technologies completely revolutionised the way businesses operate, streamlining processes and increasing efficiency across various industries. This era has seen significant advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, leading to more autonomous systems and predictive analytics that have transformed data processing and decision-making.

– The widespread adoption of multi-factor authentication (MFA) to enhance security

– The development of advanced Cyber Security measures to protect against sophisticated cyber threats

– The surge in remote work technologies that enable collaboration from anywhere in the world

From the mechanical calculators of the 1920s to the smart devices in our pockets today, IT has come a long way. Corbel Solutions has been there for the past 30 years every step of the way, guiding and protecting our clients through each new wave of technology. As we look to the future, we’re excited about the possibilities that new advancements will bring. With Corbel Solutions, you can be confident that you’re in capable hands, ready to embrace the future of IT.


Corbel Solutions are an Ipswich based IT Support provider who work proactively throughout Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Sudbury and the surrounding Suffolk area providing a range of services including IT Support, Cyber Security and Cyber Security Training and IT Consultancy Services. Corbel have recently launched a new Copilot for Microsoft 365 service to help Suffolk businesses embrace the advancements of Artificial intelligence and streamline their work to boost productivity. For more information or to have a chat with one of our team members, feel free to give us a call on 01473 241515 or email us on info@corbel.co.uk. Or alternatively feel free to book in an online appointment with one of our team members here.

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