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AN WANG FOUNDED Wang Laboratories in 1951. By the early 1980s, it had become one of the most successful computer companies in the world.

Wang Labs succeeded because of innovations led by An Wang, such as the magnetic core memory—a phototypesetting device that increased the productivity of news printing—and one of the first electronic calculators. Wang’s most successful product, however, was its word processor. Launched in 1976, the Wang 120 WPS stored information and allowed the user to edit text. It made the electric typewriter obsolete almost overnight. It catapulted Wang Labs forward, and, importantly, it hurt IBM in a core business.

By the early 1980s, Wang Labs was in a strong position to exploit the electronic ...

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