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PROTYPE PCS FOR POSSIBLE USE IN JAPANSE SCHOOLS

The Computer Education Center of the Japanese Education Ministry has shown nine types of prototype personal computers for possible use in Japanese schools: the machines were developed by 11 firms, including Matsushita, Hitachi and IBM Japan, while NEC was still working on its prototype but due to have handed it over by now: the Centre will make its selection shortly for use in schools next year, but all the prototypes use the B-Tron variant of the national operating system which supports multiple windows and multitasking, running on an 80286; NEC’s box also runs MS-DOS.

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