RE: Merge Intel & Microsoft

Billy Brown (
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 14:27:01 -0500

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
> only on Microsoft machines. This is a barrier to entry, or rather, a
> 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