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Inventions shaping generation Y

VP & GM, Personal Computer Product Group at Dell Sam Burd speaks at Dell Press Conference To Introduce The Venue Tablet Line And New XPS Laptops on October 2, 2013 in New York City.
VP & GM, Personal Computer Product Group at Dell Sam Burd speaks at Dell Press Conference To Introduce The Venue Tablet Line And New XPS Laptops on October 2, 2013 in New York City.
Photo by Mike Coppola

By the time generation Y was beginning to shape itself the technological world was in full force. Early entries to the personal computing marketplace were creating demand. The Macintosh was putting Apple on the map as its affordability and ease of use were consumer favorites. Commodore answered with a preloaded PC. The “Commodore Plus/4” offered built in spreadsheets, graphing, a database and word processing so there was nothing a user needed to do but plug it in.

The Internet began to reach homes as companies began offering was to connect using hourly rates. Kmart offered Bluelight.com as a free way to surf the new World Wide Web allowing many people unable to afford the hourly rates to become internet savvy.

Here are some of the inventions that took part in shaping this generation.

From a series on generational cultures from getmaximpact.com. Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

This is excerpted from a series on generational cultures from getmaximpact.com. Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

Learn more about today’s generations:

  • Builders / Traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
  • Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
  • Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
  • Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998

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