[Here's another article I published back in 1996, this one predicting the problems that Microsoft would face as it continued to advance the Windows operating system. While I didn't anticipate in this article the rise of post- PC devices, nor the return of Steve Jobs to Apple and subsequent transformation of NeXTstep into OS X, I was spot-on in predicting that 95% of desktops would still be running Windows in 2006; it's pretty much that same percentage (91%) today.
PC manufacturers have been baffled by the rise of smartphones and tablet computers – vendors like Dell , HP and Acer have been miserable at moving into the new product lines and they hoped that Microsoft could help arrest …
The number of convertibles is also in the rise at Best Buy, including products like the Samsung Series 5 “Smart PC Tablet” and Asus VivoTab RT Tablet. The big question is whether touch on laptops will give Microsoft and its partners an advantage over Apple , as none of Apple's MacBooks or iMacs have touch capability
As a school kid reading the Times magazine I was fascinated by the rise of companies such as Dell , Microsoft , Apple , Yahoo in the late 90s.