If The Best Technology Won We Would All Be Using OS/2


T-REX Corporate Center was originally one of I...

T-REX Corporate Center was originally one of IBM's research labs where the IBM PC was created. Applied Card Systems, the in-house collection for Cross Country Bank, is located here among many other businesses.
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By Alan Shimel – Today (Apr 2, 2012) marks the 25th anniversary of IBM‘s announcement of the OS/2 PC operating system. Harry McCracken over on Time.com has a great piece reflecting back on the success and failure’s of IBM’s ill fated attempt to to rule the desktop and how in some places OS/2 sill lives on.

More than anything to me though OS/2 is the poster child of why very often the best technology doesn’t win. Sometimes it is marketing, politics and other factors that make our technology decisions for us and have us choose inferior technology instead.

In case you are not familiar with the history involved here, let me give you a quick synopsis. When IBM launced the original PC (largely developed here in the Boca Raton area where I live) they choose as the OS a system licensed to them by a small company called Microsoft. Microsoft in turn had licensed this disk operating system (DOS) from a Seattle based company. DOS was 16 bit, clunky, buggy and not real user friendly but as PCs were cloned, Microsoft was making a fortune licensing it to all of the clone makers. more> http://is.gd/MUzfNl

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One response to “If The Best Technology Won We Would All Be Using OS/2

  1. Pingback: OS/2: killed by Bill? | cartesian product

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