Dear Quarterdeck, It's hard to tell someone they've got no place in the world today. But sometimes you have to admit that your time is up.
Paradoxically, you suffered because PCs became so popular. The market for system tools and utilities vendors like you has simply collapsed.
In the days when computers were strictly for the enthusiast, and anoraks sat late into the night feverishly entangled with boot disks and IRQs, Quarterdeck was the people's friend. With products such as Magnaram, they could gleefully squeeze more out of their SIMMs. Cleansweep got rid of the odd bits of programs left lying about on the hard disk. And with QEMM we could get 634Kb extra conventional memory out of our systems.
When 4Mb of RAM was a luxury, hard disks were tiny and you needed a PhD to understand operating systems, all these products were great. But now memory and storage are cheap, and Windows 95 hides DOS in the backroom.
Most of today's computer users wouldn't know their autoexec.bat from their config.sys.
There was a chance that Gaston Bastiaens, the Belgian who took over the reins in 1995, would reposition the company to take advantage of new markets.
He had the grand idea of pursuing the Internet, with products such as Web Compass, a search tool. Under his tutelage, Quarterdeck increased from a $27m company to $140m in just 18 months. But it fell apart, mainly because the big boys took your market by bundling your kind of products within their own.
There is still a chance to turn the company around. After all, Compaq was in a similar position a few years ago, when hardware became a commodity and the company found the corporate market heading for cheaper box-shifters.
Look at Compaq now. And there are still niches for you to fill. But you've got to act fast, Quarterdeck. Hurry up and do something, before it's too late.
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