A sneak peak at Microsoft OS/2 2.0

No really!  It’s an article from PC Magazine, 29th of May, 1990.  And it’s authored by Ray Duncan, before the infamous split.

Of course the thing that stands out from the screen shot is that OS/2 2.0 looks more like OS/2 1.2.  And of course it’s ability to run two MS-DOS VDM’s in a window at the same time!

Flight Simulator, in a Window!
Flight Simulator, in a Window!

Although this was a feat that Windows/386 was capable of doing, going far back as far as 1987.

Windows 2.1/386 running Flight simulator 3.0 in a window
Windows 2.1/386 running Flight simulator 3.0 in a window

But as you can see, OS/2 did it better.  Windows/386 was unable to run EGA graphics in a window, instead I was forced to run Flight simulator 3 in CGA mode.  While the OS/2 2.0 beta could give over 620kb to a MS-DOS session, Windows/386 could only give me 550kb.

And when it came time to ship, well here is IBM OS/2 2.00 0xr6100 running Flight simulator 3.0 in a window, and showing a MS-DOS box with about 600kb free.

IBM OS/2 running Flight Simulator 3.0
IBM OS/2 running Flight Simulator 3.0

The real shame is that MS OS/2 2.0 was looking really promising in 1990, but thanks to the split the world didn’t get to try it out until 1992.

The article is a good read to get an idea of the state of development back in 1990.  And of course all of PC Magaine’s 1990’s magazines are up on google books.  I’ve managed to find 2/3rd of the Beta since I started looking (from 1990… been looking a long long time), and I have reviewed the SDK/toolkit earlier, and here.

PC Magazine, May 29th 1990
PC Magazine, May 29th 1990 Pages 387-388
PC Magazine, May 29th 1990
PC Magazine, May 29th 1990 Pages 389
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Author: neozeed

I live in SE Asia, doing generic work, enjoying my life & family

One thought on “A sneak peak at Microsoft OS/2 2.0”

  1. Yea, as I said before, MS turned this project into an entire fiasco. As a side note, I wonder if this was how the infamous EXEPACK bug was first discovered.

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