In 1956 , the Whirlwind at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology became the first computer to use a keyboard to allow direct user input.
Learn more at http://www.cedmagic.com/history/whirlwind-computer.html
In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began.
It was originally spelled “HoTMaiL” to emphasize its use of HTML for the web user interface. Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in late 1997.
Learn more at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/01/06/a-short-history-of-hotmail.aspx