Where Are They Now?: 1998 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees

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Compaq Portable

Achievements: The first in Compaq's portable machines series, the Compaq Portable made waves by being the first IBM-compatible portable computing device -- and subsequently ended IBM's monopoly on the PC industry. The Compaq Portable was released in 1983 and, at $3,590 and 28 lbs., was one of the first all-in-one computers, competing against big names at the time like the Osborne I and Kaypro II. Co-designed by Rod Canion, Compaq co-founder and Hall of Fame Inductee for 1997, the Compaq Portable became the first industry standard machine to run someone else's software, and the decision to include the newly popular Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software helped to launch the initial product sales. The Compaq Portable was also the first computer to display both text and graphics on screen at the same time.

Today: HP acquired Compaq in 2002, making the joint entity the largest PC manufacturer in the world. HP continues to sell systems that carry the Compaq brand.


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