Date 14 Sep 1989 9:49 est
To: fking, ebelove, bjohnston, cyoung
Subject: (Forwarded) Notes from MS visit re OS/2, Windows, Excel.
See the discussion of Windows vs. OS/2, and the point about Excel
working OK on a 2Meg OS/2 machine. I don't understand this either,
since the Windows guys are selling IBM and Compaq on the story that the
equivalence between Windows and OS/2 is that Windows requires somewhere
between 1 and 2 meg, and OS/2 requires 4 to run a reasonable app. Forked
via: mailbox vax, dreed/nocommand on VAX at Lotus (LDC) ** Message
From: LDBVAX::RSTURTEVANT "Reed Sturtevant" x4752"
Date: 13-Sep-1989 14:22:20
To: LDBVAX:: jbooth
To: LDBVAX:: emcnierney
To: LDBVAX:: dreed
To: LDBVAX:: jmorris
Subject: Nothe from MS visit re. OS/2 fonts, etc.
(Jeff, please correct me where I'm wrong - Reed)
**** Lotus Confidential ****
Attending from Microsoft: Peter Neuberg, Cameron Myrhvold. (I believe
Peter has overall responsibility for OS/2 marketing, and some
development - Reed)
From: Lotus: RSTURTEVANT, MFAHEY, FGERMANO, MROTH, ARNYEPSTEIN,
Excel performance: benchmarks on a system with only 2MB RAM showed PM
Excel running under OS/2 1.2 w/o Compatibility Box to *match* speed of
Windows Excel under Windows 3.0. (Lotus: "we find that hard to believe"
Neuberg: "we did too, IBM ran same benchmarks and confirmed results")
Windows 3.0 vs. OS/2 discussions, paraphrased (remember we were talking
to OS/2 folks):
Lotus: why are you letting your own company bury OS/2, with all this
Windows 3.0 hype, before it has a chance to grow. ?
MS: it's a PR problem (i.e. Bill Gates - Reed), we're trying to fix it.
Internally Microsoft is more committed to OS/2 than to Windows, as
marketing staff & budget is larger for OS/2 and the development staff is
5 times larger for OS/2. Currently drafting a positioning statement to
explain the differences.
Lotus: why will anyone buy OS/2 instead of Windows ?
MS: Products have different design points: Windows 3.0 designed for 2MB
system w. Windows, 2 "professional" apps (e.g. Pagemaker & Excel)
whereas OS/2 is designed for 4 MB system w. OS, LAN code, 3 apps.
OS/2 will be the long term functionality leader (e.g., fonts)
OS/2 will support more applications (?!) and the applications will be
court documents in the case of Comes v Microsoft.