On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 11:57 AM, Cyan <cyanh256@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > As for why the PC was more popular in America in the first place, > I'm not sure. Was it more affordable there? More widely adopted by > business users? Or maybe it has something to do with communications > given that the Americans had free local calls (and thus free modem > use)? > > It seems rather cliche to chalk it up to the usual suspects -- > ergonomics (the PC-AT being a massive industrial "chassis" with a > huge fan-cooled power supply and 5" floppies, the ST being a compact > all-in-one system with built-in 3" floppy), and politics (the PC > containing user-selected combinations of components from competing > manufacturers, whereas the ST was an integrated system from a single > vendor)... > Anyone can make a PC so of course it will be popular. More competition brings down the price and offers something for everyone. Microsoft made all this chaos work by offering one simple interface for all these pc's. This saves developers who don't have to develop for so many configurations.