Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 19:37 UTC
Windows "As early as mid-December, consumers will be able to go to retail stores in the United States and Australia to purchase a Surface with Windows RT. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months." Sales might indeed benefit from, you know, allowing the world to actually buy your halo product. Us Dutch won't be getting the Nexus 4 and 10 either.
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tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

Microsoft, on the other hand, has been building on the same monolithic base from day one.


Yes and no. The NT kernel was designed/built with portability in mind from the get go. Microsoft never got their act together (with regards to portability) when it comes to the user/application space, however.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Originally, yes - not since NT4. NT4 took the UI out of user space and put it in the Kernel, and so in doing, made portability much more involved. Up to NT3.51, it was designed so that every subsystem could be replaced easily - this is where a lot of the "NT is highly portable" comes from. e.g. NT hasn't run on PowerPC, DEC etc, *since* NT 4 was released. Any later port would have been a larger undertaking than "just recompiling the kernel and creating a new HAL".

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though MS almost did release Windows 2000 for Alpha, IIRC - there was some RC. Afterwards, they still managed to release versions of Windows for the Itanic...

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