1980's software company. Developers of dBase, one of the first applications that helped make the use of personal computers widespread.

Its founder left to start up Fox Software, makers of FoxPro.

Ashton-tate lost a copyright infringement suit it had brought against Fox Software in 1991.

Borland International purchased Ashton-Tate in late 1991.

This was almost immediately followed by Microsoft's purchase of Fox Software. Borland's stock lost half its value in one day.

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