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Re: Platform of choice (very long) or, I Hate Holy Wars
Subject:Re: Platform of choice (very long) or, I Hate Holy Wars From:Stephen Arrants <arrants -at- BRIGHTWARE -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 12 Feb 1997 09:39:30 -0800
On Wednesday, February 12, 1997 7:39 AM, Bill
Bledsoe[SMTP:Bill -dot- Bledsoe -at- CMS-STL -dot- COM] wrote:
> Again... they are SELLING PowerPC machines with WinNT 4 on them RIGHT
> NOW... Pick up a trade rag...
MS halts NT on PowerPC
By Christine MacDonald
February 7, 1997, 6:45 a.m. PT
In yet another setback for the PowerPC effort, Microsoft (MSFT)
announced today that it will phase out development efforts for the
version of its Windows NT operating system that runs on PowerPC systems.
The company attributed the decision to decreasing demand for systems
based on PowerPC processors. However, it pledged continued technical
support to customers who already run Windows NT on systems that use the
The troika that spawned the PowerPC includes IBM, Apple Computer, and
Motorola. The PowerPC platform was conceived as an architecture that
would run a variety of operating systems, including the Mac OS and
Development efforts have been slow, however, and support has waned in
recent months. In December Motorola followed IBM, the chip's two primary
manufacturers, in announcing plans to phase out systems that run Windows
NT on the PowerPC boxes.
Both Microsoft and Motorola, however, said they continue working closely
on development of the chip for handheld computer running the
stripped-down Windows CE operating system. Motorola is also exploring
the possibilities for using PowerPC chips as the basis for network
Microsoft said it will save NT development efforts for systems based on
Intel's x86 and Digital Equipment's Alpha processors.
However, earlier this week, reports circulated that Apple is considering
licensing the Windows NT operating system from Microsoft. Since Apple's
systems are based on the PowerPC processor, that could lead Microsoft to
rethink its PowerPC strategy.