The Mighty Mouse Celebrates 40th Anniversary


In 1968, Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at SRI held a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, later nicknamed "the mother of all demos."

"For the first time, the public saw a computer mouse which controlled a networked computer system to demonstrate hypertext linking (NLS) real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control, cathode display tubes, and shared-screen teleconferencing," according to SRI. "The demo embodied Doug Engelbart's vision of solving humanity's most important problems by using computers to improve communication and collaboration."