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Author Canion, Rod.

Title Open : how Compaq ended IBM's PC domination and helped invent modern computing / Rod Canion
Published Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, [2013]
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Contents Prologue: Why the Open Industry Standard Matters; 1: An Unlikely Beginning; 2: The Road Less Traveled; 3: The Best Defense Is a Good Offense; 4: Opportunity Knocks; 5: IBM Fires the First Shot; 6: Back at You, IBM; 7: Patience Pays Off; 8: You're Going to Do What?!; 9: The "Death Star" Arrives; 10: Compaq's Most Unexpected Decision; 11: Compaq Leads the Revolt; 12: Intel Begins to Drift; 13: Exceeding Expectations; 14: The Open IndustryStandard Wins; Epilogue:How Apple Became the Computer Industry Leader; Appendix: Compaq Timeline; Acknowledgments; Index
Summary The story of Compaq is well-known: Three ex-Texas Instruments managers founded Compaq with modest venture funding. Just four years later, Compaq was on the Fortune 500 list, and, two years after that, they had exceeded 1 billion in annual revenue. No company had ever achieved these milestones so rapidly. But few know the story behind the story. In 1982, when Compaq was founded, there was no software standardization, so every brand of personal computer required its own unique application software. Just eight years later, compatibility with the open PC standard had become ubiquitous
Notes Electronic book
Subject Compaq Computer Corporation.
COMPAQ Portable Computer -- History.
Computer industry -- United States -- History.
IBM microcomputers -- History.
Microcomputers -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1936661926 (electronic bk.)
9781936661923 (electronic bk.)