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IT-Director: Microsoft gets back to its UNIX roots with Interix

Feb 14, 2000, 17:21 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Given the current polarisation of the UNIX/Linux and the Microsoft/Windows camps, you could be forgiven for disbelieving Microsoft's UNIX past. Today, IT history has chosen to quietly sweep under the carpet the fact that Microsoft played an instrumental part in bringing UNIX to the PC, a heritage which subesquently bequeathed Minix, then Linux. Quietly forgotten, but true. Today, with Microsoft's announcement to integrate Interix with Windows 2000, it looks like the software giant has decided to take a leaf out of its own history book."

"...why, oh why, in the shape of Interix, is Microsoft investing so heavily in UNIX? The answer, according to Microsoft, is that by providing mechanisms which bridge the gap between the UNIX and Windows NT platforms, companies will migrate from the former to the latter."

"This is not the first time that Microsoft has played the UNIX-for-Windows card. Last year, for example, the company teamed with Mortice Kern Systems to provide a set of Unix tools for NT. Like it or no, and despite Microsoft's best efforts to shake it off, the reality is that UNIX will remain part of the landscape for the foreseeable future. A product like Interix may prove to be an asset, not to lead the company to world domination but to keep it in the game."

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