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Do you have a computer or know someone who does If you do then you are probably familiar with how rapidly the computer software industry grows and how quickly products become outdated Presently the average life of a product before it is outdated is eighteen months1 This means that if a company does not continue to produce cutting-edge products it will soon be forgotten This is the determining factor of many companies that base their success on one product and do not spend the time and money to keep them updated When a company creates many products and increases its workforce to keep their products on-edge then they are soon recognized as an industry leader and their profits grow proportional to their popularity As a companys product becomes the leader in its field other products begin to be designed to work with it in order to gain their own popularity and success This is how industry standards are created Industry standards are usually formed by the company that designed the initial product or by an association of many companies in order to insure product reliability and allow computers to work together correctly2 When the initial product is an operating system which is the main software-based manager of a computer it is used as a foundation in which to create a variety of competitive markets of cutting-edge products Although if the operating system does not keep updating frequently then it will soon be replaced by a competing product The time to gain the position as an industry leader could be very quick thanks to the pace of the industry yet it can be lost just as quickly Microsoft became an industry leader when it teamed up with business giant IBM to create one of the first Personal Computers in 19813 Microsofts Disk Operating System DOS was the software backbone of the computer Updated versions of DOS were released throughout the 1980s to keep hold of the
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