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11/06/1998 Compaq bought DEC for $9bn in the biggest IT deal until then

In 1998, Compaq acquired Digital Equipment Corporation for a then-industry record of $9 billion USD. The merger made Compaq, at the time, the world's 2nd largest computer maker in the world in terms of revenue behind IBM. Digital Equipment had been a leading computer company during the 1970s and early 1980s.
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    • Founding 

    • Introduction of Compaq Portable 

    • Compaq Deskpro 

    • Compaq DeskPro 386 

    • Compaq SystemPro 

    • 1990s 

    • Ouster of co-founders 

    • Market ascension 

    • Management shuffle 

    • Acquisitions 

    • Ouster of Pfeiffer 

    • Struggles 

    • Acquisition by Hewlett-Packard 

    • Post-merger 

    • Headquarters 

    • Competitors