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Compaq's $9.6 billion blockbuster

Compaq seeks to become the No. 1 computer company in the world by acquiring Digital Equipment.

Special coverage: Compaq's quest

In its drive to become the world's No. 1 computer manufacturer, Compaq has purchased Digital Equipment for a record $9.6 billion. NEWS.COM looks at the deal, its strategy, and the industry impact.

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today's lead story The merger creates a "big three" in computing that may leave Dell out in the cold.

Fallout on Wall Street
update

The $9.6 billion deal
update

IBM, HP challenged
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Alpha: What now?
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Wintel wins, again
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How deal was made
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Photograph of Eckhard Pfeiffer and Robert Palmer

 previous coverage
 • Compaq, Digital talked merger
 • Digital stakes future on Windows
 • MS, Digital plan NT lovefest
 • Digital discounts servers, upgrades Alpha
 • Digital, Sequent team for 64-bit Unix
 • Compaq, Digital extend deal
 • DEC sells network unit to Cabletron
 • NT closing in on Unix
 • Digital stands behind Alpha
  Everybody laughed when Compaq said it wanted to be No. 1 in the consumer area.

 

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