12 Facts About NeXT


In 1993, NeXT withdrew from the hardware industry to concentrate on marketing OPENSTEP for Mach, its own OpenStep implementation, for several original equipment manufacturers.

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Apple promised that NeXT's operating system would be ported to Macintosh hardware, and combined with the classic Mac OS operating system, which would yield Mac OS X, later called macOS.

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In mid-1986, NeXT changed its business plan to develop both computer hardware and software, rather than just workstations.

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The disk drive's design made it impossible to move files between computers without a network, because each NeXT Computer has only one MO drive and the disk could not be removed without shutting down the system.

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In 1989, NeXT struck a deal for former Compaq reseller Businessland to sell the NeXT Computer in international markets.

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In 1992, NeXT sold 20, 000 computers, counting upgraded motherboards on back order as system sales.

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In total, 50, 000 NeXT machines were sold, including thousands to the then super-secret National Reconnaissance Office located in Chantilly, Virginia.

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In 1993, NeXT withdrew from the hardware industry, and the company was renamed to NeXT Software, Inc Consequently, 230 of the 530 staff employees were laid off.

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In 1994, Microsoft and NeXT were collaborating on a Windows NT port of OpenStep which was never released.

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Several NeXT executives replaced their Apple counterparts when Jobs restructured the company's board of directors.

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Jobs had experimented with some structural changes at Apple, but at NeXT he abandoned conventional corporate structures, instead making a "community" with "members" instead of employees.

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Widely seen as a response to NeXT, Microsoft announced the Cairo project in 1991; the Cairo specification included similar object-oriented user-interface features for a coming consumer version of Windows NT.

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