> This decision was driven by decreasing demand for MIPS-based systems from its
> customers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
And the decreased demand was driven by ...?
> REDMOND, Wash. - Oct. 16, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. today announced it is in the
> process of phasing out future development and engineering efforts for the
> MIPS platform. This decision was driven by decreasing demand for MIPS-based
> systems from its customers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In
> particular, Microsoft's largest OEM for the MIPS platform, NEC Corp., has
> decided not to provide the MIPS platform beyond the Microsoft(R) Windows
> NT(R) version 4.0 operating system.
Well that'll help clean up the ol' registry, won't it?
> Over the last five years, Microsoft has shown a strong commitment to the MIPS
> platform. The company has released Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT
> Server 4.0 in most major languages. Longer-term customers should plan to
> evaluate other hardware platforms for Windows NT-based solutions.
Longer-term customers? Like businesses that aren't planning to fold soon?
> Customer satisfaction is Microsoft's primary concern. The company will
> continue to offer technical support to its customers who use Windows NT 4.0
> on the MIPS platform.
Well, not its *primary* concern like world domination, or anything, but it's
way up there on the priority list.
> Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
> software for personal computers ... boilerblather ... please visit the
> Microsoft Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/corpinfo/ on Microsoft's
> corporate information pages.