OS/2 - Now it's Time to Wave Goodbye

"Insurrection - An unsuccesful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government" - The Devils Dictionary.

I almost forget and not with a bang but with a whimper, OS/2, the "Great Rebellion", finally died this month.

Still fresh in my memory is an argument with a friend of mine, a Vice President at Lotus Development, remember them? (www.Lotus.Com is dead too). He once told me that I was out of my "F***g mind" if I thought that business and the industry would support Microsoft's new Windows Operating System over IBM's much better and more reliable OS/2.

"But it's pretty", I said "and people would much prefer a graphical user interface over OS/2 rather sullen looking prompt".

It was Jim Manzi, the Lotus CEO, who told me that I was being "Unfriendly" in importing Ray Ozzie's 3-for-3 software that allowed Lotus 1-2-3 (OS/2 version) to run under Windows but then, that's what people wanted and invariably, they vote with their feet and their wallets, which is why Excel is the Windows standard that Lotus 1-2-3 so wanted to be.

OS/2 and its successor, WARP were IBM software products and as such had the kiss of death from day one, in much the same way that my old friend, Lotus Notes has become a embarrasing footnote in IBM's software catalogue - Told you so!


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