A prospect I had been calling on for some time told me he would buy my system when I was able to put it on "name-brand" equipment. When I announced that I was migrating my programs to the new NCR computer he signed up to be the first jobber to have the new NCR version of my programs.
After three months of trying to get the ‘NCR WorkSaver’ computer to work, NCR finally confessed they could not procure a license to acquire the tools that I needed to rewrite the programs. Some company named ‘Microsoft’ wouldn't sell them a contract to distribute the language compiler for COBOL and Microsoft owned it. After waiting several months for NCR to solve their problem, NCR called us and said they were going to pick up the system and refund our money.
Burroughs approached us with the solution to our problem. They had also formed a relationship with Convergent Technologies and called the new computer the "Burroughs B-21". Microsoft apparently liked Burroughs better than they liked NCR so they had the license for the software I needed. Relying on the first sale to our new customer to offset the cost of rewriting the programs on the new computer, I called him and filled him in on the recent developments.