Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
In my late yoof lots of people were buying computers for the home:
No one yet seems to have mentioned Acorn/BBC A&B , Commodore PET and VIC 20, Dragon 32/64 and all the others.
In the UK at least, there was a feeling in govt/parents that programming was a job of the future except most of the many magazines focused on games (which one typed in).
We were using HP instrument controllers in the lab (IEEE-488 anyone?) all the technicians had one or more of the many devices listed in this comments section.
Then IBM produced the PC and standardised various hardware features and sort of gave it all away as they didn't think it was a big deal but an IBM PC running MS-DOS or DR-DOS (GEM) cost something like £2,500 at a time when a good salary would have been around £8,000/yr (the company MD bought one to "evaluate").
Then all these other devices ended up discarded by those that got bored playing games as the "what do you do with them" problem kicked in..
In some offices there were many document systems including Wang, Data General, but PCs were a bit "what are they for" until Lotus 1-2-3 was invented for the accountants and then WordPerfect (which integrated).
Then of course came the internet and probably pornography.
But in all of this the anti-competitive hand of Microsoft forced out alternatives and kept the price of software high
A market threat with the netbook* failed where fragmentation smartphone/table/consoles succeeded, all because of Linux (and the other stuff) derivatives.
Ffor the average punter the cheap-as-chips Chromebook** must be a god-send - all nothing to do with Microsoft (or Apple)
So it's very difficult to agree with any sentiment in the article.
*using mine to write this
** yes I know _you_ wouldn't touch a chromebook even though half your life is on a mobile phone or tablet