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1975 The first electronic typing pool was developed by Logica for Unilever. The system used Cossor Raytheon computer equipment[1]

This development allowed the complete functions of a typing pool to be automated in a single system supporting about 50 workstations. With the support of the UK’s National Enterprise Board the company established a new subsidiary to exploit this technology, Logica VTS. A range of stand alone word processors, the VTS 100 and the VTS 2200, were developed and were manufactured at a purpose built factory in Swindon. These machines were sold internationally by BT and by International Computers Ltd and were amongst the first word processors to achieve mass sales.

However with the advent of the Personal Computer and word-processing software such as Microsoft Word, this business declined and ultimately closed.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times May 4, 1976