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Old 11 September 2017, 23:27   #158
alewis
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An alternate timeline?

Simples. Commodore management do three things differently:

1. They support developers; ensure there is accurate system documentation, and that it is available to all developers. Devkits, including hardware, are available.

2. They create and sustain working partnerships with the dealer channel, not undercutting dealers with new agreements with retailers. They work at hard at enduring hardware is available to buy, and faulty hardware is returned, replaced, repaired promptly.

3. They sign licensing agreements with Lotus, Ashton-Tate, Micro-prose, and WordPerfect Corp, ensuring that Lotus 1-2-3, dBase, WordStar, and Word Perfect are ALL available for the Amiga as of July 1985, and all are file-format compatible with their PC versions. CrossDos capability is inbuilt into Workbench 1.1

Thus the conditions for the success of the Amiga are created. Businesses flock to adopt the new machine, given it runs the same software as their existing PCs, their is no loss of data, and the new machine is not just more powerful, but more versatile; unlike the PC, it can run a word processor, spreadsheet, and database at once with seamless easy switching g between the multiple programs.

Amiga becomes the dominant business PC. Seeing which way the wind is blowing, PAgemaker and Quark are quickly ported, and Apple becomes a footnote in history. IBM leave the PC market.

Fly in ointment? Unless Commodore either invest very heavily in manufacturing, or licence the hardware, C= are unable to meet sales demand and business adopt the lesser capable but available x86 platform.

its not about the hardware, it's the software, and the intangible very necessary eco-systems of support and sales channels,
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