• Subject: Re: AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft
  • From: "Neil Palmer" <neilp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 13:55:40 -0500

Just got the February issue of Midrange Technology Showcase.  There is a 
lengthy follow up article by Alex Woodie entitled "Microsoft Steamed over 
Reported AS/400 Ties", and a letter from Microsoft VP/CIO Rick Devenuti.
It isn't yet available online  - just the table of contents (they post 
articles for back issues, so it will be a month).


"Al Barsa, Jr." <barsa2@ibm.net>
Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
2001/01/11 10:21
Please respond to MIDRANGE-L

        To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
        Subject:        Re: AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft

At 10:55 PM 1/10/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Did I miss a discussion regarding this article? Hard to believe it's been
>out there since November 22 without anyone mentioning it on this list.
>AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft Since May, 1999

I have read this page.  If you look at the total computing power that M$ 
claims to use to run the entire company, and believe that's all that's 
necessary to run a company of that size, you would probably agree with 
Gates that no one will ever need more than 640 K to run a desktop.

Although IBM is very mum, it is known that M$ uses a service bureau for 
some processing, and that service bureau uses 400's.  Furthermore, some of 

the ex-M$ personnel who are familiar with the M$ application (MAC PAC if 
I'm not mistaken) now work for that service bureau.

I would trust M$ as far as I can throw all of Bill Gates' money.


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