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Digital Wars by Charles Arthur

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Chapter Five

Smartphones

Mobiles and Microsoft

Pieter Knook started working at Microsoft in October 1990. Previously he had been running a small business in the UK offering local area networking to let PCs (running MS-DOS; Windows 3.0 had only just been introduced, and wasn’t yet widely used) connect to each other. The business grew, and was sold: ‘I then had the choice of staying but I was attracted to Microsoft because of its crazily audacious goal at the time to put a PC on every desk and in every home’, he says. ‘The “on every desk” seemed vaguely sensible, the “in every home” seemed completely stupid because at the time they were so expensive and it was completely unrealistic. PCs cost five thousand pounds; they were geeky tools.’ In addition, ...

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