"...only the discovery of the mother of all bugs will keep this
operating system from going gold before the end of the year."
"Why am I so sure? All the signs are there... Another reason...?
Starting with Beta 3 RC2, Windows 2000 will be an Intel X86-only
operating system. ...Microsoft won't have to build Windows 2000 for
Alpha any more, as Compaq has decided to pull the plug on
NT-on-Alpha development (due, in substantial part, to the
popularity of Linux on Alpha--but that's another story)."
"When Microsoft first began work on the NT OS/2 project, as it
was then called, the company had five goals for NT: Portability,
reliability, extensibility, compatibility and performance.
NT once was a portable OS: it ran on PowerPC, MIPS..., Alpha and
Intel. Microsoft has said its experience developing NT for RISC
platforms helped it prepare for its next big challenge: making NT a
true 64-bit operating system that will ship concurrently with
Intel's IA-64 processor. Hmmm....
Portability seems to have been relegated to the scrap heap.
Compatibility seems to have been moved to the back burner, as
well. ... The result...? All NT hands currently are charged with
making sure off-the-shelf and custom apps will be able to work on
Windows 2000 once it ships. Remember Microsoft's last-minute
scramble to insure Windows 95 app compatibility? Here we go
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