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100 Years Of IBM: 25 Historic Milestones

IBM this week celebrates 100 years of innovation and business optimization. From punch cards to the S/360, from tabulators to teraflops, from CEO Watson to supercomputer Watson, IBM has a unique history. Take a visual tour back through the decades.
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Watson's Gamble Pays Off
In 1960, IBM had revenue of $1.8 billion and 104,000 employees. System 360 drove huge growth, with revenue hitting $7.5 billion by 1970 and employee ranks growing to 269,000. The 1970s brought the System 370 update, pictured here, which was compatible with the S/360, but several times faster and more reliable. IBM's success fueled concern at the Department of Justice, which filed a second major anti-trust complaint against IBM in 1969. The case turned into a draining 13-year legal battle that was ultimately dropped by the government in 1982.

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