No really! Â It’s an article from PC Magazine, 29th of May, 1990. Â 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. Â 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!
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
But as you can see, OS/2 did it better. Â Windows/386 was unable to run EGA graphics in a window, instead I was forced to run Flight simulator 3 in CGA mode. Â 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
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. Â And of course all of PC Magaine’s 1990’s magazines are up on google books. Â 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 Pages 387-388
PC Magazine, May 29th 1990 Pages 389
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