A story that ran this week in WinInfo and several other computer industry news magazines stated that Microsoft's Talisman graphics technology had been cancelled by the company. Apparently, this is not true, so here's the deal: Talisman is a graphics architecture. The project that was cancelled is not Talisman itself, but rather a 'reference design' that existed within this architecture.

Regardless, industry acceptance of Talisman is not expected to be broad. Brian Hook, a programmer at id, makers of best-selling games like DOOM and Quake, says that "\[id\] will be doing \[things in 1999\] that Microsoft cannot even imagine. Talisman will not be the answer." Other factors that may ultimately doom Talisman include Intel's MMX2 and AGP technologies