Englebart showed how users could each have their own computer workstation connected to a shared computer system, Each user had a private file space. Group of users could share a community space. This is not that far removed from the way PC local area networks are designed today. Shared disc drives, corporate intranets, email platforms, wikis and enterprise portal are how users collaborate today. These all rely on the idea of shared space where communities of users can collaborate.
It was described by as the mother of all demos. On December 9th 1968 Doug Engelbart and a group of researchers from the Augmented Human Intellect (AHI) Research Center at Stanford Research Institute gave a public demonstration of how they saw IT would change the way people work.
The 90 minute demo to 1000 computer professional was the first public showing of a mouse, hypertext linking and significantly the concept of personal computing.