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Introduction of Osborne portable computer in a suitcase

March 1981
Introduction of Osborne portable computer in a suitcase

The Osborne Computer Corporation (OCC) was founded by Adam Osborne in 1980 based on a product of not just personal computers but portable computers. Adam Osborne asked Lee Felsenstein to develop his portable computer with the result being the Osborne 1.

The Osborne 1 featured a 5 inch (127 mm) 52-column display, two floppy-disk drives, a Z80 microprocessor, 64k of RAM, and could fit under an airplane seat. It could survive being accidentally dropped and included a bundled software package that included the CP/M operating system, the BASIC programming language, the WordStar word processing package, and the SuperCalc spreadsheet program.

The package included $2000 worth of retail software alone, but the Osborne 1 personal computer with everything included shipped for a mere $1795 in 1981. It was the $1795 price tag that set market expectations for bundled hardware and software packages for several years to come. The peak sales per month for Osborne 1 personal computers over the course of the product lifetime was 10,000 units, despite the initial business plan for the computer predicting a total of only 10,000 units sold over the entire product lifecycle. Osborne had difficulty meeting demand, and as production increased, quality control became more and more of an issue.





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