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The Acorn Business Computer was the first sign that even when Acorn could build computers, it had the greatest trouble marketing them.
The Acorn Business Computer (ABC) was a BBC Micro with more memory and a selection of second processors, such as the Z80 or 80286, packaged in a large monitor. Launched after the IBM PC, it's hard at this distance to understand the logic of a computer based on an educational machine, with many incompatible variants, but priced as a business computer.
In fact, the ABC was never really launched at all, and the entire range was cancelled before any were delivered to customers — although one was rebranded as the Cambridge Workstation to appeal to engineers. It didn't.
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