25 Products Define 25 Years of Personal Computing
eWEEK Labs chooses the 25 most innovative products of the last 25 years.To celebrate the 25th birthday of the IBM PC coming in August, eWEEK Labs considered assembling a Top 10 list of the most influential products that iconic machine ushered in. But we couldnt do it: A list that short omitted far too many innovations with far too great an impact to be ignored. Having agreed that 25 products for 25 years provided a pleasing symmetry, we then found ourselves in a debate that sounded like a dictionary editor brawling with a technology historian. What was an "influential" product? Did it need to be the first of its kind, or should it rather be the first implementation that others found worth imitating? Must it have been a popular product in its own right, or should it rather have been the one that showed the waywhether or not it was ever effectively marketed? Is Linux a product or an idea? Is Wi-Fi a product or a marketing campaign?
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