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Special Report: The PC at 25
Saturday, December 18, 1999 03:00 AM ET
by  Upside Editors

Desktop computers come of age.

The personal computer has had one hell of a run.

Twenty-five years after its inception as a programming toy for hobbyist geeks, the desktop PC is viewed as one of the most successful pieces of technology ever created.

Meanwhile, PC execs such as HP's Carleton Fiorina and Intel's Craig Barrett must rethink their business strategies in a changing market, while Dell's Michael Dell charges ahead with his winning model.

We've assembled a special report chronicling the changes the PC has undergone, and how it must adapt in the years to come to maintain its edge.

How I Created the PC
by David Bunnell
David Bunnell was there when the Altair was born, and his memory doesn't quite match the historical records.
11/17/99

The PC at the Crossroads
by Bronwyn Fryer
Suddenly, PC makers are finding they must get really different.
12/16/99

The Substance of Style
by David Needle and Bronwyn Fryer
PCs are gaining visual appeal--and taking aim at specific markets.
12/15/99

Who Needs Faster PCs?
by Galen Gruman
Users may not need speedier processors, but they're going to get them anyway.
12/15/99

Life After Beige
by Cameron Crotty
Ubiquitous but still imperfect, the PC of tomorrow needs to be reliable, simple--and creative again.
12/14/99

Intel Looks Past the PC
by Robert Buderi
Intel's microprocessor lab is seeking new devices to make chips for--just in case.
12/14/99




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