HP Pioneering the PC
Hewlett-Packard played an integral role in making the personal computer a common element of modern life. The company began by developing desktop computers for businesses, providing a level of functionality that established the machines’ potential to improve the way people worked. It then branched out into offering computers that consumers could use to improve the way they lived. Tracking the company’s contributions across the years provides insight not only into a key element of Hewlett-Packard’s business, but into the evolution of the personal computer and its role in the world we live in.