D-Day for the Home Computer

Marching from success to success, IBM now has a product for the living room

The secrecy, intrigue and rampant speculation made it seem more like a cloak-and-dagger thriller than just the introduction of a new product. For nearly a year, computer buffs, retailers and IBM's competitors have anxiously awaited the appearance of a home computer by the industry's giant (1982 sales: $34.4 billion). IBM repeatedly denied that the product even existed, but newspapers and trade journals were filled with speculation about the new machine and its expected announcement date. Late last week the guesswork grew frenzied. After the Boston Globe published what...

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