NewsByte 8 August 2001

After Two Decades, PC Use is Still Rising in Businesses and Homes

A Gallup Survey Commissioned by Microsoft Just Before the IBM PC's 20th Anniversary Finds the PC Among the Most Important Technologies at Work and Home

Two decades after its introduction by IBM Corp., the personal computer (PC) has become the most important technology in the workplace and rivals the television's prominence in the home, according to a recent Gallup survey commissioned by Microsoft Corp. At work, the Gallup survey shows the PC's impact to be more profound than that of any other technology. At home, the PC and the television have the same influence: Equal numbers of respondents identify the PC and the television as the most important technology in their home. Overall, the study shows that PC use continues to grow rapidly, with people looking to their PC to do more, both at home and in the workplace. The poll, conducted by the Gallup Organization in late July, involved interviews of more than 1,000 workplace and home PC users. Microsoft commissioned the research to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the IBM PC, which it celebrates today with a dinner hosted with Intel Corporation at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif.