May 26, 2001

Microsoft asked for factory floor certification

Author: JT Smith

EE Times has a story about a manufacturing trade group pushing for special
Windows certification for manufacturing software products.

"The Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) User's Group ... told
Microsoft executives that it wants to 'lower the bar' for Windows 2000
certification, thus allowing more factory controls vendors to meet a
common set of requirements. OMAC user certification might also give Windows a leg up on its upstart competitor, Linux." One Boeing exec is quoted as saying, "If you're
going to an Intel hardware base, you have a choice between Microsoft and Linux. Windows already has an advantage because some users are concerned about Linux's security
issues. This [certification] would just make Windows an easier choice."

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