Some now-classic IBM miscues resulted in the company exiting the hardware business entirely with the 2004 sale of its PC division to Lenovo, a Chinese vendor. IBM's decisions also helped fuel Microsoft's meteoric rise into the software giant of its generation - and sealed IBM's inability to fully profit from the market it created.
Be that as it may, it's as close to fundamental history as it gets in the typically nostalgia-free tech biz, and I'd be remiss if I let today slip by without so much as a mention.
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- Forward Thinking column by Michael Miller
- Wiki entry
- Article announcing PC division sale
- IBM.com PC archive