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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by jefro on Wed 4th Apr 2012 01:03 UTC
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IBM never offered any discounts on OS/2 where MS did. At one place we purchased a site wide for windows 3 and 1. We purchased a site wide windows 95 for almost nothing per system. I can't say how little we paid but it was close to nothing.

In the 90's I was involved in IBM systems and tested them on a daily basis. I had a small engineers portable that had 2M or ram and ran OS/2 on it. I also had access to the cost of MS for very large companies that installed their OS on new systems. Again it was stunningly low.

Yes, MS did have a working GUI as basis for windows when they thought about working with IBM. They needed the agreements from IBM to make it work. Then they dropped out saying IBM isn't going our direction. Fact it they never wanted to make a stable OS. IBM kept working on OS/2 and it was in no way an attempt to replace dos or any other command line OS that IBM sold. IBM continued to sell it's DOS for many years after they offered OS/2.

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