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April 30, 1987

JAPAN’s TRON HAS LITTLE CHANCE AT HOME, NO CHANCE ABROAD, SAYS ASCII’s NISHI

By CBR Staff Writer

Japanese guru of the computer industry and inventor of the home computer MSX operating system, Kay Nishi, has naught for the comfort of his countrymen who hope to make their mark on the world systems software stage with Tokyo University’s brainchild, the Tron operating system. He reckons that the operating system, which is conceptually akin to Unix, has no hope at all outside Japan, and only the possibility of a winning a 15% market share within Japan. He reckons that Unix will take 20% to 30% of the Japanese market for 32-bit microprocessor operating systems, with the rest going to MS-DOS and OS/2. He does believe, however, that Japan will have some success in the worldwide market for telecommunications software, including that for local area networks, where input-output mechanisms are clearly defined: as a result, the C-Tron communications variant of the Tron operating system may well turn out to be most successful.

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