Windows first OS/2 eventually strategy

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Date: April 1989



William H. Gates April 27, 1989 Cc: steveb ..

.. The particular issue on which I wish to comment is what I will call a "Windows first OS/2 eventually" strategy in applications development .. I do not believe that Windows is adequate for our needs .. the DOS environment, with or without Windows, is too fragile to support graphical workstations ..
Microsoft's own plan to deliver Windows applications much in advance of their OS/2 counterparts thus harms us in two ways .. It is difficult for us to exert pressure on the many specialized applications developers with which we deal to create OS/2 versions of their software when OS/2's own creators appear to let the OS/2 languish in favor of Windows ..

J. Michael Palmer Manager, Technology Research Corporate Information Systems ...

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