Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Jul 2005 20:57 UTC, submitted by Kelly
OS/2 and eComStation IBM has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.
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by on Fri 15th Jul 2005 05:47 UTC in reply to "@ Anonymous (IP: 209.161.212.---)"

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Of course IBM has the right to drop OS/2 support at anytime, provided that they fulfill their existing support contracts. But IBM does not do that very often. Corporate types tend to like stability and long term business plans. That's why corporate types tend to go to companies like IBM and Microsoft, both of which have long term support plans for their products.

Contrast that to a company like Apple, which has never been able to make much headway into the corporate world. Part of the reason is simple: they don't let their clients know what their long term business plan is. When Apple turned around and said, "we are switching to the 80x86 next year; developers who still use CodeWarrior are screwed, because we didn't tell Metrowerks about this transition; and any software built for Mac OS 9 or earlier will not work," they slapped their customers and developers in the face.

Now look at who feeds the corporate clients, and who doesn't.

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