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The development and deployment of computers in different countries took different courses of history. This means that the writings of computer historians is often biased towards what took place in the country they lived in at the time. For example, an American will often wax lyrical about machines from Apple, Commodore, or Radio Shack, and of course IBM and their clones, but they will probably say very little about Amstrad products or MSX because few were sold in the US. Likewise, many British computer historians worship Acorn or Sinclair as Britain's national computer despite their products having a very limited presence in the rest of the world.
The PC became the de facto computer format in the US before the first original IBM PC left the assembly line (because corporate bosses believed that you couldn't go wrong with big blue) but in exactly which year did the (IBM compatible) PC become the de facto computer format in Britain?