Computers At War In The 70s And 80 S

Computers At War In The 70s And 80 S



Computers at​ war in​ the​ 70’s and 80’s
The ‘70s and the​ ‘80s could be easily described as​ the​ ‘computer war’ .​
Every company had a​ new kind of​ computer,​ better than the​ last that they wanted to​ change the​ world .​
Everyone knew it​ was only a​ matter of​ time before one was adopted as​ the​ standard,​ with all the​ advantages for software compatibility this would bring – and they were desperate for it​ to​ be their model that made the​ big time.
In the​ ‘70s,​ two computers nearly became dominant: the​ Apple II and the​ Commodore 64 .​
Both of​ these computers sold in​ the​ millions,​ inspiring a​ whole generation – they were used for everything from office tasks to​ games .​
It was in​ 1980,​ however,​ that IBM launched its IBM PC,​ and things really went crazy .​
IBM’s PC wasn’t patented .​
IBM went to​ a​ small company named Microsoft to​ get an​ operating system for this computer,​ and ended up with DOS,​ but Microsoft was willing to​ license DOS to​ anyone else who paid their fee .​
By 1984,​ ‘IBM PC compatible’ computers were available,​ and a​ de facto standard was born .​
Software makers could finally write their programs for one operating system and one hardware configuration – and anyone computer that didn’t follow the​ specification to​ the​ letter was quickly left with no programs to​ run.
In 1990,​ Microsoft released Windows 3.0 (the first version of​ Windows to​ be really successful),​ and the​ PC’s lock on​ the​ marketplace was set in​ stone .​
The release of​ the​ Pentium and Windows 95 made it​ finally the​ fastest,​ cheapest and easiest system around,​ and it​ quickly stopped making sense to​ develop software for anything else.
From then on,​ the​ PC was the​ dominant computer – today,​ it​ is​ estimated to​ have between 95% and 98% of​ the​ market,​ with almost all the​ rest being held by Apple Macintosh computers.




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