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The Register: MS quietly dumps Windows OpenGL support

Nov 29, 1999, 21:25 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"This is a spectacular turnaround from the initial Fahrenheit announcement, and quite a reversal from SGI's position of a year ago, when it trumpeted Fahrenheit's importance alongside the announcement of its NT-based Visual Workstations. But the Microsoft alliance has clearly not been to the company's advantage, and in announcing its ending of support for IRIX Fahrenheit and a 'reduction' (you can't get much more reduced than saying don't hassle us, call Microsoft instead) in its overall involvement in the project, SGI indicated that the rift between the two companies may have been Linux-related."

"Said SGI: "The future key OS platforms for SGI will be IRIX and Linux and to a lesser extent, [our italics] Windows... While it makes sense to have Fahrenheit on all of SGI's strategic operating systems, it makes little sense to have Fahrenheit on only IRIX and Windows. After much deliberation, it was jointly decided that Fahrenheit could best continue as a Windows OS-only product; thus Microsoft will continue the Fahrenheit development process."

"The other obvious alternative would of course have been for Microsoft to co-operate in a Fahrenheit implementation for Linux, so the end result is hardly surprising."

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