Engelbart is the inventor of the computer mouse. He created the first mouse prototype in 1963. In 1968 demonstration, he showed off the capabilities of his invention and software developed to make use of it. It took almost three decades for the mouse to reach a mass audience.

Apple released the first successful mouse-based computer in 1984, but text-based DOS continued to dominate the industry until Microsoft developed tolerable versions of Windows in the early 1990s. The release of Windows 95 in 1995 signaled the final triumph of mouse-based computing. The trackball a related pointing device was invented by Tom Cranston. In 1986 Apple first implemented the Apple desktop bus.