only room for two horses?

Joe Barrera (
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 15:23:48 -0700

Many developers have already taken detours from the Mac to make a
living. Jensen, who now favors Sun's new Java language, is a case in
point. "In the platform race, there's usually only room for two horses,
and for the last ten years those have been Apple and Microsoft. Now the
second horse is going to be Java."
[ ... ]
Now, Landwehr hinted, Apple plans to let developers incorporate into
their software the files needed to run Rhapsody applications on Windows.
That would mean that mere mortals could use the applications at home and
never know the difference.
As enticing as that sounds, it carries a risk-that Apple is basing its
strategy on conceding the battle. If the company chooses to sell its new
system to developers by saying, "Look how compatible it is with
Windows," there's a risk that developers will simply do Windows instead.
[ Joe: remember OS/2? ]
- Joe

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