EXCERPTS FROM Computer Reseller News ( January 11, 1193 ):
Windows NT rollout set for Comdex/Spring
By Ed Sperling
Microsoft Corp plans to officially launch Windows NT at Comdex/Spring
in Atlanta in May and intends to have the new operating system generally
available within several weeks of that date.
Sources within Microsoft said the initial version will require between
12M and 16M bytes of memory instead of the 36M bytes required for the
demonstration version. In addition, it will need about 200M bytes of hard-disk
space to accommodate the operating system, files and several applications.
Pricing has not been determined, but at the Windows NT Developers Conference
last July, company officials said NT would list for "under $500".
"It will be usable", said a beta tester at a large bank. "But if you're
looking for high speed and high performance, that's coming later."
[Tim Hudson] said Windows NT is almost certain to be a runaway success.
The only question is how long it takes for that to happen, he observed.
"If it comes out full of bugs and needs several more major fixes, there
is an opportunity for OS/2 to take 50 percent of the market," said Jerrold
Grochow, vice president of corporate technology at American Management Systems
Inc., an Arlington, VA., integrator.
When PC reporters reviewed OS/2 2.0 last year, they complained about
OS/2's resource requirements. They also knocked OS/2 on its perceived speed
compared to Windows 3.1. I wonder what they will say about NT GA when they get
a hold of it. Will they have better things to say about OS/2 2.1? Will they put
OS/2 2.1 head to head against NT?
Actually I already know what they are going to say. They will give NT
as favorable a review ( if not better ) as they have given MS Access,
regardless of its short commings.