Computers: The Wall Comes Tumbling Down

Apple and IBM reach for common ground

Anyone buying a personal computer for business use over the past few years has been faced with two basic choices: 1) an Apple Macintosh, with its distinctive mouse, fancy graphics and window-shade menu bars; and 2) an IBM or an "IBM-compatible" PC, a clonelike computer that is manufactured by another company but runs software written for Big Blue machines. Either way, the purchaser has had to sacrifice something. Apple owners have been unable to make use of the voluminous library of IBM software, the industry standard. And IBM owners could enjoy Apple's advanced features only by making extensive modifications that slowed...

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