IBM's 100th Birthday: 10 Top Presents From IBM To Us


Happy Birthday, IBM!

IBM, which celebrated its 100th birthday Thursday, is more than just a PC company, or a computer company, or even an IT company. Starting as a humble maker of scales, work punch-clocks and other devices, IBM evolved into a research company which has developed not only the first PC or hard disk drive, but also the first UPC barcodes, magnetic stripes, and virtual machines, to name a few examples.

There are too many IBM products or innovations to cover in one sitting. But turn the page for a quick look at 10 of those products and innovations which have had some of the biggest influences on how the world's consumers and businesses handle their IT and business needs.