The MS OS/2 videos exhibit has now been completed with the addition of two PDF documents. These are scans of two fat three-ring binders that were handed out to attendees of the Microsoft OS/2 Developer’s Conference in New York City on July 7-9, 1987.
These are 700 pages containing hardcopies of conference slides. More or less all the slides are shown in the videos, but obviously print has a bit better resolution than VHS tape. This should make it easier to follow the videotaped presentations.
Note that the binder covers included the phrase “Master Builders”, which does not appear to be repeated anywhere else in the text.
The hardcopies also included plenty of space for conference attendees to take notes. All extant handwritten notes were transcribed, either on the same page (if enough room was left) or a blank page was inserted.
Transcribing the notes was not trivial, since they were more scrawled than handwritten, and often did not consist of complete sentences. Luckily the context was usually clear, and only in one or two places the transcript is a “best guess”. For the most part, the transcripts should be accurate, even if the original notes might not be (largely as a result of having been written in a hurry).
The handwritten notes enhance what is already an interesting historical artefact, now more than quarter of a century old. At the time the conference was held, Microsoft had sold 1,800 OS/2 SDK copies, which at the time consisted only of a pre-release OS/2 build, beta tools, and the Windows 1.04 SDK. The Presentation Manager specification wasn’t ready yet, the Windows 2.0 SDK was’t available either. Microsoft OS/2 was the future and Windows was just a side show. Good times!