Microsoft resigns from OpenGL ARB

— 7:52 PM on March 9, 2003

Peter C. submitted this story along with the following comments:

Apparently, MS has dropped out of the GL ARB voluntarily. They seem to have done so with good feelings, but this is Microsoft. If they can profit from eliminating GL from contention with DirectX, they will try. And if future versions of Windows really require all windows to be DirectX surfaces, then PC's running Windows will basically be translating GL to DX all the time. Not only that, but GL will necessarily be a subset of DX in that situation, as everything must translate to DX code.
OpenGL and DX were always competitors, but is Microsoft finally ready to monopolize this market? Of course, this follows on the heels of the 3DMark2003 controversy. Keep your seatbelts fastened because there's bound to be more turbulence ahead for the graphics industry.
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