Microsoft abandoned their OS/2 customers ..
- Subject: Microsoft abandoned their OS/2 customers ..
- From: Doug Mentohl <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 19:14:19 +0000
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POS Strategies & Plans - Boco Raton 01-Feb-95 10:30 Page 2 of 2
Further Descriptions of Future Strategies for Windows 95 Support
For the customer it is critical that they have applications that will
run "out of the box" on OS/2 Warp. Therefore since we believe IBM should
not support native Windows 95 applications, we must further fund
programs to significantly increase the number of native OS/2 applications
4. Propagate an IBM marketing spin on the issue to dampen the
preconceived sucess perception of Windows 95 exploitative applications.
Microsoft still has not proven they can be successful at creating strong
customer demand for a high volume 32-bit API. Windpows 95 is Microsoft's
fourth attempt to do so:
* First with OS/2 when we were partners, but Microsoft abandoned their
OS/2 customers and developers prior to us making OS/2 successful;
* Then with Windows NT which has not achieved critical mass volume;
* Then with Win32s, mentioned previously, which has not been widely
* Now with Win32s, which has not shipped, has been delayed many times,
is not proven, and has zero exploitative applications shipping.
The strategy of continually updating the OS/2 technology necessary to
run applications based on new Windows APIs perpetuates a "follow me"
posture for OS/2 .. Even many of the current OS/2-native applications
are actually direct ports of Windows applications that do not exploit
some of the most demonstrable features of OS/2 such as multithreading or
Workplace Shell integration.
Even if IBM was to continue this strategy for Windows 95, the earliest
we could make the updated technology available to our customers would be
nine to twelve months after Windows 95 ships. Furthermore, this will not
address Windows 96,97 etc, the API extensions to Win32C (eg., OLE), nor
the possible artificial technical hurdles, Microsoft can introduce to
make implementation of the technology more difficult for IBM.
court documents in the case of Comes v. Microsoft.