The Evolution & Future of Work Desk

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24 February, 2024 • Updated 20 days ago
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Considering that Internet is just 30 years old, we’ve come a long way from where we began.

Back in the 80’s when TCP/IP protocol became started and the online communication started that is still used today, the computer monitors and chunky keyboards were the first to replace the typewriters.

Both Macintosh and Compaq were the first of its kind personal computers which had applications like word processing and spreadsheets which replaced the journals and calculators from our desk. From there, the evolution started and everything started becoming compact, sleek, and minimal.

Printers became wireless and multi-functional, phones became cordless and the old school items like the globe, dictionary, and storage boxes got replaced by Google Maps,, and Dropbox.

The work desks today have become ergonomic from office chairs to sit-stand desks and the future looks very promising with your axis becoming more vertical and horizontal.

Where It All Started

In 1984, the first desk computer was made; It was the mouse-driven computer called The Macintosh which had the MacWriter and MacPaint on it. Not long after that, in 1985, Microsoft 1.0 was released, which had a basic word processor and excel software to replace calculators and spreadsheets.

Only a year later, the Compaq Portable was the first computer to compete with Macintosh. Just four years later, in 1990, PowerPoint was introduced. We use it to this day to replace paper presentations.

Soon after, in 1994, Amazon launched to replace books on work desks or computers. As the demand for other office software grew, they launched PDF to replace fax machines and the computer revolution started., Craigslist, and Blogger followed.

In the 2000s, we saw the launch of many other websites and platforms that grew exponentially over the years, making our lives easier, such as Wikipedia, PayPal, Google Maps, Facebook, Google Calendar, YouTube, and many more.

Check out the Infographic below and take a look at the desk’s evolution: from the days of the Class Macintosh to the trendy era of treadmill desks. Feel free to embed this infographic on your website or blog using the embed code below this infographic.

The Evolution of Work Desk

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