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Timeline - 1999 retrospective

Timeline - 1999 retrospective

Timeline - 1999 retrospective

JANUARY

CHS acquires Computer Hardware of Australia (CHA)Mincom sacks 110 staffIngram Micro acquires Melbourne systems distributor ITG Telstra Retail Shops push into computer marketAustralia's largest antivirus vendor, Cybec, sells out to Computer AssociatesFEBRUARYBaan and Tech Pacific both announce major restructuringAcer begins channel rationalisationResellers fear the spread of free PC feverSolution 6 makes `hostile bid' for PC DOCSIntel launches Pentium III processorMARCHColes/Myer acquires Harris TechnologyCompaq rationalises its channel, settling on six distributorsSecond-hand reseller tax scams revealedHP splits into two independent organisations, forcing CEO Lew Platt to resignMicrosoft promises to ship final version of Windows 2000 on October 6APRILCompaq's channel fears for its future following sacking of Eckhard PfeifferIBM Australia assures resellers it has no intention of going directHarvey Norman threatens to boycott direct-dealing vendorsMelissa epidemic sweeps through AustraliaMAYMicrosoft terminates its partnership with distributor DataflowSirius and Hypertec abandon merger plansDutch information services company Getronics buys Wang International25 companies form Application Service Provider Industry ConsortiumJUNESouth African company Datatec acquires network integrator Anite PacificPrion spins off first Internet-only distributor PCEZYMelbourne company claims PCs sold in Australia not Y2K-compatibleGlobal networks infiltrated by the Trojan Horse virusMicrosoft trials apps-on-taps in the USJULYIndustry speculates on Compaq's direct retail strategyGST worries plague the channel as the tax is given the green light by the SenateMelbourne distributor Peripheral Sources International (PSI) goes into liquidationHP launches online storeAUGUSTAcer products return to Harvey Norman's shelves as the retailer removes Compaq productsInternational Data Corp predicts direct PC sales will surpass indirect models by 2001Australia loosens copyright laws, allowing companies to decompile third-party softwareTelstra buys into Solution 6, Solution 6 acquires CMS/DataSEPTEMBERCompaq debuts its eight retail stores, while retailers meet to consider `protective' industry allianceRalph Report delivers a final blow to the old capital gains tax systemShortages of G4 chips affect Apple's quarterly profitsAcer finalises new channel structureMicrosoft snaps up Visio in $1.3 billion dealOCTOBERTaiwan earthquake causes global PC component shortagesHarris Technology trials its K-mart kiosk operationsACCC finds most Australian e-commerce sites fail consumersIngram Micro's management exodus raises eyebrows in the channelNOVEMBERDistribution powerhouse Siltek Asia-Pacific acquires Prion TechnologyThe US Department of Justice brands Microsoft a monopoly, ponders Microsoft break-upSolution 6 voted one of the top 20 companies in the worldMemory shortages shake PC industryDECEMBERACCC investigates Harvey Norman's alleged anti-competitive business practicesAmazon.com has a quiet debut on ASXInternet company Virtual Communities stitches up deal with ACTU and ARF to give their members cheap access to PCs and the Internet


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