Thomson MO5 were 8-bit computers. They are remembered in France as part of Le Plan Informatique pour Tous, a State program where over 100,000 machines were distributed in French school starting in 1985. They were used to teach pupils programming (using BASIC). These machines were connected to a small server (usually a Bull Micral) and arranged in a LAN, allowing teachers to monitor the progress of the students. Thomson MO5 were seldom sold to private households, however. They could not compete with more powerful ATARI 520, AMIGA 500, or Apple computers. Nevertheless, they provided millions of youngster their first opportunity to tinker with programming and networking.