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IBM OS/2 2.0 NAMED SOFTWARE 'PRODUCT OF THE YEAR' BY DATAMATION; RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

 SOMERS, N.Y., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's (NYSE: IBM) OS/2(A) 2.0 advanced operating system for personal computers continues to garner international acclaim from the computer industry's leading publications.
 OS/2 has won three additional industry awards, one praising its technical excellence and two naming it product of the year, bringing the total number of awards for the easy-to-use, powerful, 32-bit operating environment in the last three months to eight.
 The Feb. 15, 1993, issue of Datamation named IBM OS/2 2.0 "Product of the Year" in the PC software category. In Europe, Italy's PC Magazine(B), a monthly data processing publication, gave OS/2 2.0 its PC Technology award for 1992. In addition, Czechia's Software noviny named IBM OS/2 2.0 "Product of the Year" in its February 1993 issue.
 Since November 1992, IBM OS/2 2.0 has won awards from the computer industry's leading U.S. trade publications -- PC Magazine, PC Computing, PC World, Information Week, and Corporate Computing -- honoring OS/2 2.0 in categories such as technical excellence, most promising new product and best operating system/environment.
 "These industry awards prove that IBM OS/2 2.0 has clearly achieved significant market momentum as the preeminent 32-bit operating platform for today's high-performance personal computers," said John Patrick, vice president of sales and marketing, IBM Personal Software Products. "The introduction of OS/2-specific, 32-bit mainstream business applications from Lotus, WordPerfect and Borland will help make OS/2 the obvious choice for desktop, workgroup and enterprise users who want to operate at a higher level."
 Specific honors and awards presented to IBM OS/2 2.0 to date are:
 -- PC Magazine - Dec. 22, 1992
 "Technical Excellence" Award Winner, "Operating Systems and
 Software Standards"
 -- InformationWeek - Dec. 22, 1992
 "1992 Top Products -- The 10 Most Likely to Succeed"
 -- PC World - December 1992
 "PC Industry Achievement" Award for "Most Promising Newcomer,
 Software"
 -- PC/Computing - December 1992
 "Most Valuable Product" (MVP) Award for "Operating
 System/Environment"
 -- Corporate Computing - January 1993
 "Best Buy for 1993"
 -- Datamation - Feb. 15, 1993
 "Product of the Year," PC Software category
 -- PC Magazine (Italy) - Feb. 3, 1993
 PC Technology Award
 -- Software noviny (Czechia) - February 1993
 "Product of the Year 1992"
 OS/2 2.0's Enhanced Features
 OS/2 2.0 is the award-winning advanced operating system for 32-bit personal computers that protects customer's investments in existing software by enabling them to run tens of thousands of DOS, Windows(C) and OS.2 applications seamlessly on the desktop. This robust platform offers superior technology, including an easy-to-use graphical user interface called the Workplace Shell, true preemptive multitasking that allows customers to run multiple software programs simultaneously, and Crash Protection(A), which guards against one application being able to bring down the entire system.
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 (B) -- Not affiliated with the U.S. magazine of the same name
 (C) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation
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 /CONTACT: Madeline Mansfield of IBM, 914-642-5409/
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