Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 23:38 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows "Few people understand Microsoft better than Tandy Trower, who worked at the company from 1981-2009. Trower was the product manager who ultimately shipped Windows 1.0, an endeavor that some advised him was a path toward a ruined career. Four product managers had already tried and failed to ship Windows before him, and he initially thought that he was being assigned an impossible task. In this follow-up to yesterday's story on the future of Windows, Trower recounts the inside story of his experience in transforming Windows from vaporware into a product that has left an unmistakable imprint on the world, 25 years after it was first released."
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RE[6]: imprint indeed
by demetrioussharpe on Thu 11th Mar 2010 15:37 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: imprint indeed"
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No, there was never an OS/2 NT. Or at least nothing that was further from vaporware.

NT and OS/2 are mostly unrelated codebases. In fact, OS/2 from a technical stand point was not that impressive of a design. And had some craptastic bad design decision, as exposed by the fantastically hard time IBM had porting OS/2 to PPC (the hacks that were required ended up being legendary).

As bad as MS have been in slowing the advancement of the technology in the desktop and personal computing spaces. Pretending that if IBM had had their way would have been any different, it is fairly dishonest.

After all IBM was the company which until recently still expected customers to pay twice as much for half the performance.



You are incorrect. When NT began development, it was billed as the next version of OS/2. It's development name is OS/2 NT. It wasn't rebadge as Windows NT until much later in development, but before release. This was during the time that Windows started gaining popularity (I think it was around Windows 3.0). This is also why MS & IBM parted ways. After the MS/IBM split, IBM took their original portion of the codebase & MS took the NT codebase that had be refitted with Window's personality. Most people don't even realize that NT is actually a completely different OS that just ACTS like Windows. This feature is how they originally planned to take OS/2 to the next level.

You need to brush up on your IT history. Before you try to correct someone, get your facts straight.

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