Orphan Computers, circa 1985

The first outside programs of general use to businesses are just about to come onto the market, notably Jazz, the Lotus Development Corporation's Macintosh version of 1-2-3.

Lotus 1-2-3 is the most popular business software on the market. It combines a spreadsheet with extra functions, data base management and graphics in a not-so-easy-to-use package. It was upgraded for the I.B.M. PC as Symphony, adding word processing and communications functions.

Jazz, the 512K Macintosh version, is a cross of 1-2-3 and Symphony, but much easier to use. Reviewers say it takes advantage of the Mac's strong points - the machine is much easier to use than the I.B.M. because of its mouse, icons and pull-down windows - and thus opens the door of corporate America to the Apple. Without spreadsheets, data bases and decent word processing, the Mac is doomed to the home market.
Read the article about orphan computers, here.
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