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Old 08 August 2008, 17:30   #4
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Nothing about IBM's first PC was blind luck. It was all very well thought out by a bunch of guys in Boca Raton, Florida. As for changes that would taken the industry in different directions, tthe first thing that leaps to mind is 'openness'. It was a stroke of genius and really out of character for IBM. Far more significant though (which is really saying something) was their contracting out to Microsoft to produce the OS *and* allowing Microsoft to retain the rights allowing them to sell it to others. Can you imagine how different things would be today if they'd gone with CP/M?
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