Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 13:51 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "Co-developed by IBM and Microsoft, it was intended to replace DOS, the aging software that then powered most of the planet's microcomputers. It never did. Instead, Microsoft's Windows reinvigorated DOS, helping to end IBM's control of the PC standard it had created. By the mid-1990s, IBM had given up on OS/2 - a major step in the company's slow-motion retreat from the PC industry, which it completed in 2005 by agreeing to sell its PC division to China's Lenovo. But while OS/2 never truly caught on, it's also never gone away. Even if you believe that you never saw it in action, there's a decent chance that you unwittingly encounter it at least occasionally to this day." The last time I took a look at eComStation was way back in 2007.
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RE[2]: Great OS
by lwriemen on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 12:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Great OS"
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"IBM messed up by trying to sell it only to commercial companies. MS was way less expensive (since they stole it) at something like $30 per Windows 3 versus $200 per OS/2


That is simply not true. Windows 3.0 Sold for $149.95 (upgrades from Windows 2.0 were $79.95). That was on top of the price of MS-DOS. Sure, it may have been cheaper to PC manufacturers, but to be honest that was the difference maker, not the price point of the software. Windows came bundled with cheap computers that sold well. OS/2 came bundled with expensive computers that didn't (PS/2).
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If you consider preloads, Windows was ridiculously cheap to the PC seller and free to the consumer. You really have to move to 1995 to appreciate the difference. As Norris testified in the antitrust trial, IBM's strategy to offer OS/2 on some of it's PCs meant they had to pay 4-5x for Windows licenses over what they would have paid for offering only Windows. This was even after Microsoft's per-processor licensing agreement had been deemed illegal by the court.

In order to get OS/2 into enough PCs to get OS/2 into enough consumer's hands to build demand, IBM would have had to subsidize that extra cost, provide OS/2 to the PC sellers for free, and provide free installation support. Instead IBM went for the hope that consumers would choose the better OS.

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