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Amiga Windows NT
Year of Announcement: 1991/2
According to Rudi Chiarito on the Team Amiga mailing list there
were plans to port Windows NT to the Amiga. I don't know anything
about this personally so I cannot check the validity of this.
I just recalled that some years ago a well-known
and respected Amiga
developer claimed that sometime before there was an Amiga port
Windows NT. This was something ultra-secret and, AFAIR, not one
rumours that started spreading around the time of AAA and
know, IIRC somebody at C= said that they wouldn't have minded
forbidden an NT port -- at that time it looked like it was
going to be
supported on most platforms -- and, voila', people were
reporting it as
if AmigaOS was going to be replaced by NT
The Windows NT suggestion was backed by Jim Noble who indicates
that Commodore had a different attitude to the Amiga.
'tis true. I was at the C= preview of the A4000
(IIRC it was in San Jose).
Dr. Peter Kittel knew little about the project, if such a thing
existed. Fortunately, Dave Haynie remembered some details on plans
to port Windows NT but indicates development may not have even been
started at the time.
I had been talking with the "well-known and respected Amiga
to the event about his plans to port NT (he had already
approval from M$), and he was rather upset to find out that C=
was not at all
supportive of the idea. So, at that event, I asked Lauren Brown
"evangelist" at the time) what might be happening along those
lines. She stated
in no uncertain terms that C= had no interest whatsoever in the
would, in fact, probably actively discourage it. Go
encourage or support it.
I vaguely recall some talk of this, nothing more
than perhaps a mention
It is doubtful even a line of code was ported to the Amiga. Even if
such a project was devised the actions of Commodore were as close
minded as ever. Fortunately the AmiWindows NT relationship may not
be over yet. The HP-RISC system jointly developed by Commodore
promised compatibility with the Microsoft OS and the AmigaNG system
is likely to include the ability to emulate an x86 processor and
provide the Amiga with 100% NT compatibility at last.
or two. Do recall, at the time, that the 68K was a bit ahead of
in performance, the world wasn't quite as devoted to Windows as
today, and Microsoft, in an effort to develop Windows NT, was
practically any port, as long as someone else did the work (it
later they charged a fortune for this). So it's at least
was working on this, but I rather suspect "the was an Amiga
Windows NT" is misleading -- it implies a finished port, with
sure was not even close, and MS involvement, which was at the
really an issue is any ports beyond their initial MIPS and x86
Mot did all the work on the PPC version, DEC did all the work
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