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1995 Fools: IBM to ship PowerPCs earlier than expected - without OS/2!
From: email@example.com (Brian Sturgill) Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newsgroups: comp.os.os2.advocacy,comp.os.ms-windows.advocacy Subject: IBM to ship PowerPCs earlier than expected - without OS/2! Date: 1 Apr 1995 07:02:54 GMT Organization: Rocky Mountain Internet Inc. Message-ID: <email@example.com> Ok, all you OS/2 advocates, I want you all to admit that this time _I'M_ the one that has been RIGHT ALL ALONG! If the article below from today's Wall Street Journal, doesn't convince you I'm right, then nothing ever will. IBM _is_ going to abandon OS/2 and I hope I'm the first to break the news to you all! [The Wall Street Journal; Saturday, April 1, 1995; Page B1,B5] Copyright 1995, NewsCo Publishing Co. Used without permission. IBM TO SHIP POWER PC-BASED COMPUTERS EARLY New Systems Will Ship With MacOS, AIX and Windows NT ARMONK, New York -- In a surprise announcment yesterday, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES Corp. chairman Louis Gerstner stated that IBM will begin shipping its new personal computer line in mid-April, far earlier than previously expected. The new computer line will be based on the modern PowerPC microprocessor from IBM, MOTOROLA Corp., and APPLE COMPUTER, Inc. The move was particularly suprising in view of the cancellation of three earlier delivery dates caused by the delays in the creation of the PowerPC version of IBM's OS/2 operating software. ... Most shocking was Mr. Gerstner's announcment that IBM would be shipping Apple's MacOS operating system on its personal computers. Industry analysts were earlier surprised by the large sum of money IBM paid Apple to help them port Apple's MacOS to PREP compliant PowerPC computers. It seems that IBM had more in mind than just getting Apple to adopt it's fledgling PREP standard. "Late last year it became clear that we were having difficulties completing the port of OS/2 to the PowerPC," said Mr. Gerstner. "It is essential for a new platform to have a mainstream operating system. Apple's MacOS is such a system." Mr. Gerstner went on to explain that IBM was not abandoning its OS/2 effort. "All along we have been saying that OS/2 was the first step toward a totally object oriented operating system. We will release in early 1996 the object system from Taligent for our Intel-based OS/2, and at the same time we will ship a PowerPC operating-system level implementation of that object environment." ... "Programs written for the new object environment under Intel OS/2 systems will only require recompilation to be used with the new PowerPC operating system." ... Analysts speculated that IBM's surprise decision may have been motivated by recent rapid growth in desktop sales of Microsoft's Windows NT Workstation product. ... IBM stock was down 1/2 in extremely heavy trading. ------- If you want to see the complete text of the article, it's available via the Web from: http://www.newsco.com/daily/april/~fools/jo.ke/#%text/00342341.htm Brian -- C. Brian Sturgill Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org President and Chief Technical Officer CompuServe: 70363,1373 Ataman Software, Inc. Telephone: (303) 416-9199 749 S. Lemay, Suite A3-411 FAX: (303) 416-9188 Ft. Collins, Colorado 80524 FTP Site: rmii.com:/pub2/ataman