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 02:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: imprint indeed"
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"You fail to remember one key point. The OS that became Win NT was originally developed as OS/2 NT. The change happened during development after Win 3.0 began to take off. Had it stayed as OS/2 NT, then it probably would've still had the same features or even been a bit more advanced.

The only thing that really changed was the addition of the Win32 subsystem and its promotion to "primary" API status over the OS/2 API. The parts of NT I speak of when I claim it was technically superior are neither of those - it is the kernel, executive, and all the bits that go together to implement them. Those bits have virtually no resemblance in any way to either OS/2 or any MS code that came before them.

True enough, however, if things would've continued down that path, that would've been OS/2 & the OS/2 that we know of currently (from after the MS/IBM split) would not even exist. That architecture would be OS/2's current architecture.

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RE[7]: imprint indeed
by tylerdurden on Thu 11th Mar 2010 04:23 in reply to "RE[6]: imprint indeed"
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Equating assumptions with facts is a dangerous path.

We don't know what would have happened, simply because it never happened. Assuming OS/2 would have been based on NT, even though they were two unrelated products... makes as much sense as assuming AIX would have eventually become OS/2 for example. In fact as ridiculous as that scenario is, it almost makes slightly more sense since at least those were two IBM products.

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RE[8]: imprint indeed
by fretinator on Thu 11th Mar 2010 15:46 in reply to "RE[7]: imprint indeed"
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Welcome to the Dubya Dubyas (Copyright 2010, fretinator)

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