REDMOND, Wash. - Feb. 7, 1997 - In
response to decreasing demand for PowerPC systems, Microsoft Corp.
today announced it plans to phase out its development efforts
for the Microsoft® Windows NT® operating
system on the PowerPC architecture. Today's news follows recent
decisions by key industry partners including IBM Corp. and Motorola
Inc. to limit the breadth of their PowerPC efforts. Microsoft
plans to continue offering technical support to its customers
who use Windows NT 4.0 on the PowerPC architecture.
Microsoft built Windows NT to support
multiple hardware platforms and is fully committed to supporting
current and future development efforts on Digital Equipment Corp.
Alpha and Intel x86 platforms. In addition, Microsoft is working
on future development efforts with both Digital and Intel to support
64-bit processors with Windows NT, with initial support on Digital's
Alpha as outlined in previous press releases (more information
on this subject can be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/corpinfo/press/1996/jun96/nt64btpr.htm
Microsoft plans to continue working
closely with Motorola to enhance PowerPC solutions for non-PC
devices. The two companies recently announced plans to port the
Windows® CE operating system to the PowerPC processor
(more information on this subject can be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/corpinfo/press/1996/dec96/cpulstpr.htm.
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