22Chapter 1The Big Pictureoperating system for the Macintosh introduced the concept of the mouseand the point-and-click graphical interface, thus changing user/computerinteraction drastically.High-quality, reasonably priced applications software packages becameavailable at neighborhood stores. These programs allow the user with nocomputer experience to do a specific task. Three typical kinds of applica-tion packages are spreadsheets,word processors, and database manage-ment systems.Lotus 1-2-3 was the first commercially successfulspreadsheet that allowed a novice user to enter and analyze all kinds ofdata. WordPerfect was one of the first real-word processors, and dBase IVwas a system that let the user store, organize, and retrieve data.Fifth Generation (1990–present)The fifth generation is notable for three major events: the rise of Microsoftas a dominant player in computer software; object-oriented design andprogramming; and the World Wide Web.
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