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Adding a little meat to the bare bones of that Altos/Microsoft technology exchange agreement on Xenix, Mitch Bishop, Altos Computer Systems software director has been quoted in Computer Systems News saying that Altos will begin shipping Unix/386 on its 80386 computers by November of this year. Altos claims to have the largest installed base of generic Xenix, which it has licensed from Microsoft for a number of years, and the new implementation is expected to be a merge of Xenix and Unix System V.3. Under their agreement, Microsoft has obtained the code of an early version of the Altos implementation, which it will use to aid its own efforts to produce a merged Unix/Xenix version. Altos UK would not comment on unannounced products, but did point out that the large Xenix team at Altos had been working closely with Microsoft for the last four and a half years, and had very good personal contacts. He said the purpose of the pact with Microsoft was primarily to allow Altos to share its Xenix marketing expertise with Microsoft.

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