Re: Platform of choice

Subject: Re: Platform of choice
From: jhfrazer <jhfrazer -at- UALR -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 13:43:22 -0500

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>>I'm not particularly dogmatic about it - my home box uses Win95. But
>>EVERY "groundbreaking" feature in Windows was implemented first in
>>either NeXTStep, OS/2 or MacOS. ActiveX? Gimme a break, they
>>piggybacked on work that Sun's been doing for most of the decade!
>
>Yet for some unfathomable reason neither NeXtStep, nor OS/2, nor MacOS
>has had nearly the success, market share, or acceptance that Windows has
>had (and still has). This despite their HUGE head start. Please
>explain. If Sun's been doing it for years, shouldn't they be dictating
>the 'de facto' OS standard?
>
>Pioneering a technology is one thing. Developing it and bringing it
>successfully to market is another. It looks like developing and
>controlling the market in operating systems were IBM's, Sun's, Apple's,
>and Next's to lose. They did!
>
>Mike Wing

Don't think the reason is unfathomable. Gates is not the most creative
genius in the history of the world, but is the consummate marketer of his
products. He doesn't originate; he duplicates, then sells the product
with an often brilliant marketing strategy.

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