Ovation Technologies

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Ovation Technologies was a software company founded in Canton, Massachusetts, in 1983 to create business productivity software for the then-emerging IBM PC and compatible market.[1]

Their intended product, also named "Ovation", was an integrated software suite aiming to compete against the industry leader at the time, Lotus 1-2-3.[2] The company raised several million in capital and secured a distribution agreement with Tandy Corporation, including co-marketing with their line of Tandy 2000 computers.[3][4]

However, despite building impressive demonstrations, culminating with a high-profile news conference staged at Manhattan's Windows on the World restaurant,[5] the company ultimately was unable to ship their product, and filed for bankruptcy by the end of 1984.[2]

Ovation's most enduring claim to fame may be as what is considered by many to be the industry's "most notorious" example of vaporware.[5]

Possibly as a knowing reference - "Ovation" was used as the name of a desktop publishing package for the Acorn Archimedes several years later.


  1. ^ "New Companies". Computerworld. 1983-10-24. p. 90. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  2. ^ a b Jim Bartimo (1984-12-03). "Stoking the Micro Fire". InfoWorld. p. 48. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  3. ^ David Needle (1984-02-20). "Late Breaking News". InfoWorld. p. 11. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  4. ^ Alsop, Stewart II (1988-01-18). "Tandy DeskMate: Viva La Small Business" (PDF). P.C. Letter. 4 (2): 9–10.
  5. ^ a b Forbes ASAP Staff (2001-05-28). "Burning Questions, Final Answers". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-03-17.