Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Mar 2014 17:35 UTC

Not too many people will recall the short-lived era of the "MSX" initiative which was slated to pretty much take over the non-existent middle world where consumer electronics met personal computers. It was always believed, back then, that this is where the sweet spot of profits would emerge. What emerged was instead laughable MSX. It was one of Microsoft's greatest flops.

The MSX was one of the first computers I ever used. I did basic BASIC stuff on it when I was a kid.

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MSX is still "Alive and KIcking" :-p
by ml2mst on Mon 10th Mar 2014 04:53 UTC
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I'm sorry, but the article is full of flaws. First of all the numbers are wrong MSX was introduced in 1983 and MSXII in 1986.

Not only Japanese manufacturers produced MSX machines, GoldStar and Philips where highly popular in South America, Spain, France, Netherlands, Scandinavia and the former USSR's computer classes used MSX computers in their schools.

There is still a small, yet active MSX community:

An MSX-fair was recently held in Nijmegen (Netherlands) on January 25 2014.

Here is a far more accurate article on MSX:

At your service ;-)

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Soulbender Member since:

Highly popular in Scandinavia? No, not at all. Scandinavia was C64 and, to a lesser extent, Atari & ZX Spectrum country. I'm sure there were MSX owners but they numbered around the same as as Ti-99 or Oric owners. In other words, a very small user-base.

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MOS6510 Member since:

I guess they were very populair amongst MSX users.

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theninth Member since:

I can't say how common MSX was. I sure saw A LOT more C64:s in Sweden as you said. But the very first computer I ever used were probably the MSX my dad borrowed from a colleague.

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Riba Member since:

I also feel that MSX should be given more credit than the original article suggests.
MSX II machines were especially well built, and high end Philips models included a built in video genlock device so you could overlay computer graphics over live video. On a 8 bit machine.
It is also worth mentioning that Al Alamiyah MSX computers were the only ones to offer Arabic support in the eighties and were sold in the Middle East.

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sergio Member since:

Here in Buenos Aires at least, MSX was pretty popular. C64 was #1 by far (most popular computer ever) but MSX was very common too (2nd place I think).

There was an argentinian made MSX model: the Talent MSX. I didn't have one though. My first computer was a PC XT in 1989... but the majority of kids had a C64 or a MSX.

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