Re: "Platform" vs. "OS"?

Subject: Re: "Platform" vs. "OS"?
From: Paul DuBois <paul -at- kitebird -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 21:26:27 -0600

At 18:21 -0800 2/13/03, DaveC wrote:

Hi, All,
The client's docs refer to Windows and Macintosh as platforms. In addition to straightening out their belief that Windows is a computer, what's your understanding regarding usage of these terms?

My experience is that a platform refers to Macintosh, Dell, or Toshiba, whereas OS refers to UNIX, Windows, or Mac OS.

What's your understanding?

Can be either, depending on context.

Hardware platform means the machine.

Software development platform generally means OS

However, referring to Windows and Macintosh as platforms is definitely
incorrect. It should be something like Windows and Mac OS.

Dave Carpenter


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