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ZDNet: Compaq halts NT-on-Alpha development

Aug 23, 1999, 20:37 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa DiCarlo, Mary Jo Foley)

"Compaq Computer Corp. this week laid off roughly 100 engineers responsible for developing Windows NT on the Alpha platform... In what may be a related move, Wes Melling, former vice president of OpenVMS and NT integration at Compaq... resigned..."

"...officials with Alpha Processor Inc., an NT-on-Alpha hardware vendor and a company backed by Compaq, said their understanding was that Compaq planned on killing 32-bit NT-on-Alpha support, but that it would continue to work separately and in conjunction with Microsoft on 64-bit NT-on-Alpha technologies. 'It was just too expensive for Compaq to support 32-bit NT on both platforms [Intel and Alpha],' said Alpha Processor vice president of marketing Jeff Borkowski.

Borkowski added that Linux has taken hold on the Alpha architecture far more quickly than most vendors anticipated."

"One source close to Microsoft said, 'No one at Microsoft ever expected that [NT on Alpha] to be a volume play. But they did expect it to be the architecture play. This was a big deal at things like [Microsoft's] Scalability Day, where they showed how scaleable NT could be.' "

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