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If you like history like this, you should also read “showstopper: the breakneck race to create Windows NT” (1). It profiles Cutler’s team as they go through the period described briefly in this article to make Windows NT an actual contender to the Unix-based OSes.

1- https://www.amazon.com/Show-Stopper-Breakneck-Generation-Mic...

Showstopper is one of my favorite product development accounts. The other classic is Soul of a New Machine, which has a hardware focus. I worked with many of the folks in that book, albeit a few years after the event chronicled.

Don't forget the OS/2 2.0 debacle, which is an important part of the story and is so bad it is one of my favorite topics.

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