IBM signed a deal with Staffware to port its software to the OS/2 Lan Server last week, but hit out at Windows NT for failing to port sufficient applications for its platform.
Nick Davis, product manager of OS/2 Lan Server, said that although IBM had ported several thousand applications for its platform, Microsoft had failed to port more than 500 or so for Windows NT.
The deal with the Staffware workflow family of products is part of a large campaign that IBM is undertaking to promote software development for OS/2, said Davis.
Three years ago, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates told a conference of 500 computing executives that the company planned to port a wide range of Unix software to the NT platform.
Davis claimed that IBM found it easy to port Unix applications to its other platforms because of the development work it had done. But in the same week IBM formally announced its microkernel strategy was dead, as previously reported in PC Dealer.
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