30 Years Ago: PC Week Chronicles Explosive Growth of IBM-Compatible PCs
eWEEK 30: The precursor of today’s eWEEK, PC Week started covering the evolution of the personal computer industry in February 1984. Now eWEEK will publish a 30-week series of retrospective articles highlighting the technology and trends that shaped the industry.In 1983, several technology and business trends were converging to demonstrate that computing had permanently broken out of the air-conditioned glass house and was moving into homes, schools and on the desktops at businesses of every size and description. That was also the year that a small group of editors and writers gathered in the Boston suburbs to create a weekly news magazine dedicated to the idea that personal computers had become sufficiently powerful and practical enough to become effective business tools. That publication, PC Week, the predecessor of what became eWEEK.com, debuted Feb. 28, 1984, as the "News Weekly of IBM System Microcomputers." To celebrate 30 years of covering the computer industry, eWEEK will publish for the next 30 weeks, feature stories that look back at how the world of personal computers has evolved from those first simple, bulky devices into today's ecosystem of ubiquitous computing via the Internet and mobile devices. Back in 1983, not many people were convinced that personal computers could ever be taken seriously as business tools. Certainly, people involved in the world of enterprise data processing dismissed PCs as toys for their kids, and devices on which to play games and store address lists and favorite recipes. In the IT professional's view, nobody in their right mind would try to run even a small business with a PC.