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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Not the best article
by lwriemen on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 13:10 UTC
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Somewhat revisionist in it's views; trying to claim that consumers embraced Windows 3.0, that multi-user was a big deal in 1995, and ignores a lot of the revelations in the Microsoft antitrust trial (pressure on the whole PC industry from hardware to software vendors and magazines).

As far as the user study, well things were pretty routinely "gamed" in Microsoft's favor. e.g., the Windows PC would have a better processor, graphics card, and more RAM, or users would be chosen from a pool that were used to Windows (throw a new interface at anyone, and they'll declare it's hard to use.). This might not be the case, but considering PC World's bias back then ...

While IBM does shoulder a big portion of the blame, OS/2 lost the PC OS wars due to Microsoft's monopoly. At best, IBM could have kept it a niche player on par with the Mac, which probably didn't look like enough of a business case. Even Judge jackson's remedies would have been too little and too late for the alternative PC market. i.e., OS/2, Linux, BeOS, Mac, Amiga, etc.

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