IBM PC design chief dies

I was surprised to read this headline recently: IBM PC pioneer William C Lowe dies, aged 72. I well remember when IBM introduced its first PC in 1981. It was not especially remarkable, aside from its IBM nametag and the momentum, capital, and resources behind that name.

William C. Lowe
William C. Lowe

Until the IBM PC, the microcomputer industry (if you could call it that) was a disorganized rag-tag collection of under-capitalized dreamers — including a little hippie outfit called Apple Computer. Messrs Lowe and (Don) Estridge in just one year designed and placed in production a personal computer that would light a fire under the microcomputer industry. IBM brought credibility to the market, along with a deluge of peripheral, add-on, and software developers. Lowe, Estridge, and their crew deserve gold stars for quickly producing a product that would revolutionize the microcomputer world, if not the business world.

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© Russ Bellew · Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA · phone 954 873-4695


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