According to a 1986 contest held by Boston's Computer Museum, the first true computer was the Kenbak-1, designed by John Blankenbaker in 1971. The Kenbak-1 is considered the first personal computer, although it had no microprocessor and used small- and medium-scale integrated circuits.
The Kenbak-1, available about four years before the Altair 8800, was marketed to those with a mind for science who had no experience with computers. The first computer that featured a microprocessor, on the other hand, was the 1973 Micral. The Micral was designed by French duo Francois Gernelle and Andre Truong Trong Thi and featured an 8088 microprocessor.