Recent literature suggests that microcomputers will be quickly adopted by organizations, often without forethought as to the appropriate policies that should be followed in such adoption. An exploratory study of five medium-sized city governments reveals that, at least in some kinds of organizations, carefully thought-through policies for adoption of personal computers are being followed. Compatibility is the main problem often brought up by professionals as a reason for the need for a procurement policy. This problem is explored and the reasons for the development of these policies are discussed.