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40 Channel Milestones Over 40 Years

Steven Burke

As CRN celebrates its 40th anniversary, here are the 40 milestones that have shaped the channel over the last four decades.

INTEL PROCESSORS IGNITE A REVOLUTION

When Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce founded Intel in 1968, they had no idea the company would build the processors that would power the PC revolution. At first the company was focused on memory chips. But by the mid ’70s, Intel was pumping out processors that captured the imagination of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The x86 architecture that Intel created not only inspired Gates and Allen, but a new generation of entrepreneurs who would bring the new business productivity devices to customers of all shapes and sizes. In CRN’s inaugural issue, Bruce Burdick, the then-owner of five ComputerLand franchisees in Kansas City, told CRN he was cutting his Apple floor space in half to make way for IBM and Digital Equipment Corp. systems.

 
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