Who was a rival(?) for Windows NT?
NT would still meet the goals closest to Cutler's heart: portaility, reliability and the ability to provide an alternative to Unix, the splintered high-end operating program.
This last goal was crucial to Cutler. "Unix is like Cutler's lifelong foe," said one team member who'd worked with Cutler for nearly two decades. "it's like his Moriarty[Sherlock Homes's nemesis]. He thinks Unix is a junk operation program designed by a committee of Ph.D.s. There's never been on mind behind the whole thing, and it shows. So he's always been out to get Unix. But this is the first time he's had the chance.
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