Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Feb 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Now this is something you don't read every day. Dick Brass, vice president at Microsoft from 1997 to 2004, has written an article for The New York Times' Op-Ed section, detailing the flaws in Microsoft's corporate culture, and how they've severely affected the company in a negative way. Telling, and painful. And, in a way, very sad. Update: Microsoft responds. "For Microsoft, it is not sufficient to simply have a good idea, or a great idea, or even a cool idea. We measure our work by its broad impact."
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FurryOne
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2006-01-23

IBM had tough competition from Microsoft but they were ultimately responsible for the failure of OS2.


OS/2 failed due to lack of apps - due to Developers who were forced to choose between MS and IBM, and MS had more $$ for them.

I was an OS2 user and loved it but the price was high and so were the hardware requirements. Even though Windows was buggier it was also a lot cheaper. The weird part was when OS2 was clearly in trouble IBM insisted upon keeping the price high.


As in NOT FREE? I had every version from 1.1, and all the betas and all the TCPIP betas. OS/2 was cheap compared to the hardware of the day.

Instead of providing a cheap consumer version they decided to focus on servers and yet again keep the price high compared to Microsoft's offering. They completely refused to using the same strategy of Microsoft which was to sell cheap in order to build an install base. It was if they thought they were above making an affordable product. They could have also given it out for free before canning the entire project.


If you bought a PS/2, they DID give it to you for free. You seem to be confused about something - there was a license fee to MS for every copy of OS/2 IBM "sold". Show me where MS gave away Windows if you DIDN'T get it with a computer.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


If you bought a PS/2, they DID give it to you for free. You seem to be confused about something - there was a license fee to MS for every copy of OS/2 IBM "sold". Show me where MS gave away Windows if you DIDN'T get it with a computer.


I'm not confused about anything. OS/2 was overpriced and there are plenty of old reviews that show this:
http://books.google.com/books?id=QVAEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA33&lpg=PA33&dq=i...

There was a period where it really would have made a good server OS but they kept the price too high.

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