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Issue No. 01 - Jan.-Mar. (2014 vol. 36)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 39-51
Zbigniew Stachniak , York University, Canada
Commercial electronic distribution of software (EDS) originated in the second half of the 1970s. By the early 1980s, several North American and European companies were already distributing software using common communications networks. However, it would take two more decades before EDS would become the foremost software delivery model. This article charts the development of the early commercial EDS industry in North America, focusing on cable television-based, direct-to-home services.
Software development, Teletext, Microcomputers, Consumer electronics, Commercialization, Consumer electronics, Marketing and sales, Software documentation

Z. Stachniak, "Early Commercial Electronic Distribution of Software," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 39-51, 2014.
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