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A microcomputer suitable for a single user, with a localized hard storage disk and a microprocessor. Although microcomputers have limited abilities compared with the larger mainframes, they are sufficiently powerful to meet the needs of many small businesses; their uses include producing accounts and payrolls, invoicing, wordprocessing, and compiling mailing lists. More powerful systems can be obtained by linking several small computers by a local area network. See also laptop computer; palmtop computer.

Subjects: Computing — Business and Management.

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