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Michel Merlin Jan 31, 2008, 02:46am EST Report Abuse
>> W3.11WG networked well already; W95's success was drivers and marketing

DsL.Dilbert said
Bill Gates had the foresight to know the value of [TCP/IP] and delayed [Windows 95] so that it could be included... the situation of market share today for Microsoft and Apple might be different had Bill Gates not taken the extra time to include TCP/IP.

Networking with W3.11WG (Windows 3.11 for Workgroups) was just as reliable, and even easier, than with W95 - at least as long as you remained in MS networks, which was then the case for about everyone. Windows 95's real improvement was IMO (as I recalled on Wed 16 Jan 2008 17:20 GMT above) that it came with modern WDM 32-bit virtual drivers for 95% of the hardware then available. This was also IMO one of the most important real causes for W95's success (notwithstanding marketing causes). I don't think at all that just adding a complete TCP/IP stack in W95 caused a big change in 2008 market shares.

The above is only my rememberings. For more, see:

Versailles, Thu 31 Jan 2008 08:47:00 +0100, edited (phrasing) 09:44:30

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Dustin Horne Feb 01, 2008, 02:53pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Will Microsoft keep missing the boat?
Awesome! Now this is what I like to see....people are actually "Analyzing" things and formulating ideas about possibilities instead of just bitching. :D

Yuhong Bao Apr 14, 2008, 09:04pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Will Microsoft keep missing the boat?
Sorry, that was a mistake. Please ignore

rob temp Aug 28, 2008, 05:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Will Microsoft keep missing the boat?
The problem (or is it?) is that microsoft define what a boat is. Whether the technology is stolen, bought, sat-on or corrupted by them, m$'s marketting dept can push their mediocre products to the masses and, unfortunately, at the moment, the masses use and even purchase it in preferrence to anything else, free or otherwise. Unfortunately as a powerless user i have to live by the maxim: Life's a bitch and then u die.
As frustrating as it is (to a unix & 8bit veteran), i actually prefer to use M$ windows, simply because of the software base behind it.


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