In 1956 , the Whirlwind at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology became the first computer to use a keyboard to allow direct user input.
Other computers accepted instructions issued using dial, punch cards, and switches. The Whirlwind was also the first computer to display real time video.
Learn more at http://www.cedmagic.com/history/whirlwind-computer.html
In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began.
Learn more at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/01/06/a-short-history-of-hotmail.aspx