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Volume 25, Number 5, Page 741 (1981)
25th Anniversary Issue
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IBM Word Processing Developments

by F. T. May
IBM has been the leader in a variety of word processing innovations since the introduction of the Magnetic Tape/SELECTRIC Typewriter in 1964 by the Office Products Division (OPD). Since then the basic approach of combining quality printed output and magnetic storage with new functions has been followed by OPD, while other IBM divisions have concentrated on new applications with data processing systems and shared-logic word processing systems. This article summarizes the major technical contributions by IBM that have supported the growth of an area of business that today is widely recognized as one of great potential for increased productivity in the modern office environment.
Related Subjects: Office machines and systems; Printing technology; Text processing