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==  compt.sys.editor.desk                          By:  Jason Compton   ==

A couple of days ago, Escom (Amiga Technologies) held a press conference
and laid their cards out on the table.

The reports that came out of that conference (including the one in this
issue, courtesy of Angela Schmidt) focused on the straightforward points
made-4000Ts and 1200s to be built this year, how many, etc.  RISC
technology on the horizon, direction a toss-up between PowerPC and HP-PA
RISC.  (Despite a recent report by PowerPC News, Escom has NOT committed
to the PowerPC chip.)

In all, it was not the supercharging event it could have been.  No
distribution channels were announced outside of Europe.  I sincerely hope
that is because the channels have not been selected yet-with emphasis on
the "yet."

There was something else going on there, under the surface.  What struck
me was that an official from Scala, an official from Viscorp, and a
business professor spoke.  It was not so much the content of what they
said but their presence that was significant for me.

It has been wondered, more than once, whether Escom will simply make the
existing machines until demand has disappeared, and call it a tidy profit.
If that was the case, though, why bring in a professor to talk about how
great the Amiga's design is for the future?  Why bring in more than one
person to talk about how important licensing and consortiums are?  Why get
a redesigned tower case?  Why spend so much time dwelling on the past of
Commodore and the Amiga?

Just for my benefit?  I don't think so.

Don't get me wrong.  I still think there are a number of things Amiga
Technologies needs to do.  Hopefully, this is a step in that direction.


[For those with FTP access, I recommend getting a hold of the Aminet file
AmigaPressConf.lha in pix/misc.  It is a huge set of scans of most of the
speeches given at the press conference.  If a text version ever becomes
available, I'll certainly include the more significant speeches in AR.]