Farix - 1:04 am on Jan 1, 2004 (gmt 0)
remember that if it wasn't for these two companies most of us wouldn't be discussing the subject. ;)
If it wasn't for IBM/Microsoft/Intel, we would be using a different platform (perhaps Apple?). IBM was a latecomer to the PC market -- and back then they mainly sold to businesses and not home users. The primary reason they were successful was because of their pre-existing branding.