Re: Merge Intel & Microsoft

Ross A. Finlayson (
Sat, 02 Oct 1999 21:44:31 -0400

Billy Brown wrote:

> Ross A. Finlayson wrote:
> > How about this sole change, The Windows OS on Intel architecture machines
> > demonstrate a monopoly, or, at least, they collude.
> >
> > Any code to work on Windows machines that involves the user interface or
> > almost any of the operating system services must be programmed to
> > specifications founded, developed, and controlled by Microsoft and
> available
> > only on Microsoft machines. This is a barrier to entry, or rather, a
> barrier
> > to entry to or exit from Microsoft programming.
> Since Microsoft doesn't make computers, I assume you meant 'Intel machines'.
> Ever hear of the DEC Alpha? Early versions tended to be 2-3 times faster
> than the best Intel chips around, and Microsoft got rather exited over the
> potential to invade the workstation software market. So, they ported
> Windows NT, all of their server software, and some of their desktop programs
> to work on the new chip. Unfortunately, Alpha machines ended up being much
> more expensive than their slower Intel-based cousins, and very few people
> wanted to pay that much extra. As a result the Alpha never really caught
> on, and it is probably doomed to remain a niche market.
> Moral: Microsoft is perfectly willing to write software for any hardware
> platform that has a reasonable chance of achieving mass-mnarket success.
> Intel is successful because of its own competitive ability, not because
> Microsoft freezes out potential competitors.
> Billy Brown, MCSE+I

You're correct, except more or less when I wrote Windows machines I meant Intel architecture (Intel, Cyrix, AMD) running Windows. They significiantly outnumber Alpha machines. I read recently in the NT Insider that Alpha support is being dropped, then it will truly only be Windows on 8086 architecture machines. It was noted in the source about that that dropping Alpha was unconfirmed. Alpha users will have to use Digital UNIX.

Then again, there is planned support for the Merced chip. Linux is already running on Merced or a Merced simulator.

Microsoft does have a successful suite of software running on Macintosh machines.

Ross F.