Microsoft Windows NT OS/2 Design Workbook

This binder contains the original design specifications for “NT OS/2,” an operating system designed by Microsoft that developed into Windows NT. In the late 1980s, Microsoft's 16-bit operating system, Windows, gained popularity, prompting IBM and Microsoft to end their OS/2 development partnership. Although Windows 3.0 proved to be successful, Microsoft wished to continue developing a 32-bit operating system completely unrelated to IBM's OS/2 architecture. To head the redesign project, Microsoft hired David Cutler and others away from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Unlike Windows 3.x and its successor, Windows 95, NT's technology provided better network support, making it the preferred Windows environment for businesses. These two product lines continued development as separate entities until they were merged with the release of Windows XP in 2001.
Authors of sections of the design workbook include David N. Cutler, Helen Custer, Daryl E. Havens, Jim Kelly, Edwin Hoogerbeets, Gary D. Kimura, Chuck Lenzmeier, Mark Lucovsky, Tom Miller, Michael J. O'Leary, Lou Perazzoli, Steven D. Rowe, David Treadwell, and Steven R. Wood.
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Object Name
design specification workbook
Date made
Microsoft Corporation
team leader
Cutler, David N.
Microsoft Corporation
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 29.4 cm x 24.5 cm x 12.4 cm; 11 9/16 in x 9 5/8 in x 4 7/8 in
Place Made
United States: Washington
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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