The Personal Computer: Past, Present and Future by Peter Farwell

The Personal Computer: Past, Present and Future

This book discusses the History of the Personal Computer. The review of the first 36 years from 1975 to 2011 focuses on the extraordinary growth in sales .It elaborates on how the entrepreneurs created that growth, discussing many keys to their success.

The discussion of the present, from 2011 to 2017, reviews the serious weakening in PC sales over that period and discusses the causes of the decline.

The presentation of the Future include suggestions on what new developments might spark PC sales again. It concludes with as list of things to watch for that might indicate PC sales are on the rise again.

The insights should be helpful to entrepreneurs developing technology businesses.

(Published in 2018)

Peter Farwell

Peter Farwell is a chartered professional accountant and certified financial analyst. He was an early purchaser of an Apple II and an avid user of VisiCalc. He is a retired partner of public accounting firm Ernst & Young. He was the leader of the Canadian firm’s services to the high technology industry for 14 years. He is the author and co-author of numerous studies, articles, and speeches focusing on the technology industry and the author of “IBM: Can It Survive,” and “Artificial Intelligence and the Job Market.”

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