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OS/2 is a computer operating system, initially created by Microsoft and IBM, then later developed by IBM exclusively. The name stands for "Operating System/2", because it was introduced as part of the same generation change release as IBM's "Personal System/2 (PS/2)" line of second-generation personal computers.


  • During the next 10 years, millions of programmers and users will utilise this system.
    • Bill Gates, November 1988, in the Foreword to the Inside OS/2 book by Gordon Letwin, Microsoft's architect for OS/2
  • In the summer of 1988, I received an interesting call from Bill Gates at Microsoft. He asked whether I'd like to come over and talk about building a new operating system at Microsoft for personal computers. [...] What Bill had to offer was the opportunity to build another operating system, one that was portable [...].
    • Dave Cutler in his introduction to the book Inside Windows NT


  • I won't pollute it [NT] with crap!
    • Dave Cutler to Bill Gates, upon being told that NT was to have an OS/2 "personality" as an alternative front-end.
  • Microsoft OS/2 NT 3.0 doesn't sound right. Let's drop the OS/2 name and replace it with Windows and bump the minor version up one to match Windows 3.1, so it will sell better. Nobody will know that Windows NT 3.1 is really Microsoft OS/2 with a new name.
    • Steve Ballmer to Bill Gates after the breakup with IBM, and trying to find a name to replace OS/2 on their OS/2 source code project.
  • 640K of RAM ought to be enough for everyone!
    • Bill Gates on why MS-DOS should be used instead of IBM's OS/2 that breaks the 640K RAM barrier.
  • Commodore has this Amiga computer that has true pre-emptive multitasking and an object oriented desktop that is easy to use, plus it sells at 1/3rd the price of a MS-DOS machine. Let's see how many hacks and tricks we can steal from Commodore before they notice our OS/2 product is trying to copy their product.
    • Steve Ballmer to Bill Gates to the OS/2 development team at IBM

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