In Programming Windows: Wintel (Premium), I described how IBM decided to enter the personal computing market in 1980 and did so in less than a year by choosing open, inexpensive third-party hardware and software solutions. Key among the components IBM chose was the Intel 8088, a cost-reduced version of the 16-bit 8086.
As noted previously, the Intel 8088 and 8086 ran in a single operatin...
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