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What happened to NeXT

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What happened to NeXT Source: Computer Weekly archive

What happened to NeXT

After Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985, he went on to form NeXT Computer, a Unix workstation company that aimed to offer an alternative to Sun.

The NeXT Cube workstation was used by Tim Berners-Lee to create the first version of the web at Cern.

Apple Computer announced an intention to acquire NeXT on December 20, 1996. The NeXT operating system, called NeXTstep became Mac OS X.

NeXT made very desirable workstations, but arguably the sexiest machines in the 80s came from Silicon Graphics. >>

 

The journey to modern computing has involved several companies, each making a vital contribution. But despite the significance of their various milestones, many have merged with modern household name companies while others have stumbled into obscurity and bankruptcy. Computer Weekly traces the histories of some of these seminal computer companies.

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