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IBM: OS/2 FINISHES STRONG IN 1992

 SOMERS, N.Y., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by IBM (NYSE: IBM):
 Since OS/2 2.0 began shipping nine months ago, the award-winning operating system has gained widespread acceptance among corporate users, independent software vendors (ISVs), independent hardware manufacturers and the end-user community as a result of its ease of use, power and reliability. Following is a chronology, in descending order, of OS/2 2.0 milestones in 1992:
 Dec. '92
 -- IBM's Personal Software Products division (PSP) ends year with more than 2 million OS/2 2.0 shipments
 -- More than 1,100 applications that exploit OS/2 2.0's advanced features ship by year end
 -- OS/2 receives award from industry-publication
 Corporate Computing as one of the industry's "Best Buys for 1993"
 -- OS/2 is recognized as one of the industry's "1992 Top Products -- The 10 Most Likely to Succeed," by industry publication Information Week
 -- PSP launches extensive beta program for OS/2 2.1 and makes it available to more than 5,000 users sites, ISVs and hardware manufacturers internationally
 -- Lee Reiswig is named president of IBM's Personal Software Products division, which is responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing OS/2
 -- PSP expands advertising thrust for OS/2; sponsors OS/2 Fiesta Bowl, a college football bowl game, for the next three years
 Nov. '92
 -- OS/2 2.0 receives three industry awards -- PC Magazine for "Technical Excellence, Operating Systems and Software Standards," PC World for "PC Industry
 -- Achievement for Most Promising Newcomer, Software," and PC/Computing for "Most Valuable Product, Operating System/Environment"
 -- PSP offers new suite of multimedia tools on OS/2 2.0
 Oct.
 -- Price Waterhouse selects IBM as its worldwide PC operating systems provider. Deal includes the purchase of more than 20,000 OS/2 2.0 licenses
 -- Three books on OS/2 2.0 top the Barnes & Noble Computer Bookseller List for 17 consecutive weeks
 -- IBM begins shipping PS/Valuepoint systems preinstalled with OS/2 2.0
 -- PSP begins shipping 32-bit graphic engine and ServicePak
 -- PSP announces LAN Server Entry and Advanced 3.0
 -- PSP announces Network Transport Services/2
 -- PSP announces LAN NetView family of products
 -- PSP announces OS/2 LAN Server for Macintosh 1.0
 -- PSP announces Systems Performance Monitor/2
 Sept.
 -- Dell Computer Corp. announces it will factory install 0S/2 2.0 on its personal computer systems
 Aug.
 -- Just 120 days after OS/2 2.0 became generally available, PSP announced that 1 million copies had been shipped
 July
 -- Olivetti signs up for 20,000 copies of OS/2 2.0 a year for resale to Olivetti customers in Western Europe
 June
 -- PSP begins shipping multimedia extensions (MMPM/2)
 May
 -- PSP starts shipping certain PS/2s preinstalled with OS/2 2.0
 -- PSP rolls out 25 new ISV support programs at its OS/2 2.0 International Tools Conference
 Apr. '92
 -- PSP ships its OS/2 2.0 application development tools PSP announces LAN Server Entry and Advanced 2.0
 -- PSP begins shipping Extended Services 1.0
 -- Reply Corp. announces that it will preinstall OS/2 on its systems
 March
 -- OS/2 2.0 golden master completed and mass production begins
 -0- 01/20/93
 /CONTACT: Madeline Mansfield of International Business Machines Corp., 408-947-4425 (on Jan. 20), or 9l4-642-5409 (after Jan. 20)/
 (IBM)


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