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ZDnet Australia: Why Microsoft Needs IBM This Time Around

Sep 25, 2003, 10:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Ricciuti)

"It's a rare and momentous occasion when IBM and Microsoft share a stage to announce a new joint venture.

"As far as anyone can recall, the last time the bitter rivals came together--prior to this week--was more than a decade ago, just before the two companies had a legendary falling out over PC operating systems.

"You might remember OS/2, which the two computing giants hyped relentlessly as the future of the industry back in the late 1980s. Famously, Bill Gates once wrote that OS/2 was 'destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time...'"

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