From the early eighties each decade has brought in new technologies that have revolutionized how we live our lives. The 1990s was no exception. So many developments would change the world in fundamental ways.
By the early 90s personal computers were everywhere. Business people would buy computers for the home to increase their competitiveness at work. Businesses were buying computers to automate all of the tasks that had previously been done with paper.
Computer literacy had become one of the great enablers of effectiveness in the workplace. The killer apps were bundled as Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point) for spreadsheets, documents, and presentations.
In the early 90s HP began investing in communication technology. The leaders believed that in the future computers would be used primarily for communication, rather than computing. They were totally right in this regard.