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.
SVI-728 alumni here.
Still sorry I didn’t ask for my family to invest the extra FIM for floppy disk drive – could have run CP/M and maybe have had access to programming languages besides BASIC.
MSX barely made a dent in the UK, mainly because the 8-bit home computer was already booming and somewhat crowded too. You had the awful ZX Spectrum at a cheap price (the only thing going for it really and it caused it to sell in droves), the Commodore 64 if you actually wanted half-decent sound/graphics and the BBC Micro if you simply wanted the best 8-bit micro of all time (sorry, Apple II, but the BBC trounced it). I’ve left off a plethora of other 8-bit machines in the UK too!
I remember looking at the specs of the MSX at the time and thinking “this stands no chance in the UK”. And, no the MSX BASIC was utterly lousy compared to BBC BASIC.