The IBM and Macintosh computers have been in competition with each other for years, and each
of them have their strong points. They both had their own ideas about where they should go in
the personal computer market. They also had many developments, which propelled themselves
over the other.
It all started when Thomas John Watson became president of Computing Tabulating Recording
in 1914, and in 1924 he renamed it to International Business Machines Corporation. He
eventually widened the company lines to include electronic computers, which was extremely new
in those days. In 1975 IBM introduced their first personal computer (PC) which was called the
Model 5100. It carried a price tag of about $9,000 which caused it to be out of the main stream
of personal computers, even though their first computer did not get off to as big as a start they
had hoped it did not stop them from continuing on.
Later on IBM teamed up with Microsoft to
create an operating system to run their new computers, because their software division was not
able to meet a deadline. They also teamed up with Intel to supply its chips for the first IBM
personal computer. When the personal computer hit the market it was a major hit and IBM
became a strong power in electronic computers. Phoenix Technologies went through published
documentation to figure out the internal operating system (BIOS) in the IBM. In turn, they
designed a BIOS of their own which could be used with IBM computers. It stood up in courts and
now with a non IBM BIOS, the clone was created. Many manufacturers jumped in and started
making their own IBM Compatible computers, and IBM eventually lost a big share in the desktop
While IBM was just getting started in the...