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Timeline of key events in Dells history Source Dell Computer Corp 1984 -- Michael Dell begins his computer business at the University of Texas at Austin often hiding his IBM PCs in his roommates bathtub when his family would visit His dorm room business officially becomes Dell Computer Corp on May 3 1984 1985 -- Company introduces the first PC of its own design The Turbo featuring Intel 8088 processor running at 8 megahertz 1986 -- Dell Computer grows to 250 employees and the company introduces the 286-12 machine which PC Week says may become the next industry benchmark Today the 450 MHz Intel Pentium II processor is more than 100 times faster than the 286-12s processor 1987 -- The company opens an office in the United Kingdom and begins offering next-day product service Within the next 10 years Dell opens offices in 33 countries The companys incoming call rate reaches almost 1700 per day Today Dell averages about 300000 contacts each day in the United States alone 1988 -- In June 1988 Dell goes public with 35 million shares at 850 each The company employs 650 people and has record sales of 159 million Today Dell employs more than 24000 people worldwide and the companys sales have grown to 182 billion in the last four quarters 1990 -- The manufacturing center in Limerick Ireland opens to serve European Middle Eastern and African markets 1991 -- Company introduces its first notebook PC 1992 -- Dell included for first time among Fortune 500 roster of worlds largest companies 1993 -- Company joins the ranks of the top five PC makers worldwide Subsidiaries in Australia and Japan are the companys first entries into the Asia-Pacific region 1995 -- Original 850 shares of Dell stock worth 100 per share on pre-split basis 1996 -- Dell opens an Internet computer store through its Web site wwwdellcom Today online sales total more than 14 million per day Asia-Pacific manufacturing center
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