CORPORATIONS: The Great IBM-Xerox Race

A SECRETARY in a mail-order house slips pages of its newest catalogue into a duplicating machine hooked up to a specially programmed computer and presses a button. Within seconds, copies begin popping out of inexpensively rented duplicating machines in homes round the nation—with the U.S. Postal Service never getting involved. That will not happen next week or next year, but office-equipment experts insist that it is a serious prospect circa 1980. Indeed it is only one of the intriguing possibilities that they see resulting from the inevitable next step in office technology: a marriage of the computer and the...

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