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IBM ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE BETA PROGRAM FOR OS/2 2.1

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) Personal Software Products today announced an extensive beta release for OS/2 (A) 2.1, the company's advanced 32-bit operating system for Intel-based personal computers. The new beta program will include more than 5,000 user sites, independent software vendors and independent hardware manufacturers.
 "Based on the valuable customer feedback we received from previous beta releases of OS/2, we've decided to continue the wide availability beta program. Customer feedback has been a hallmark of the OS/2 development process," says Lee Reiswig, president, IBM Personal Software Products division. "The second release of our 32-bit operating system shows IBM's commitment and development strength. As a result, we are the first Intel-based operating system developer to deliver the power of 32-bit software on a wide-scale basis."
 The OS/2 2.1 beta provides support for OS/2, Windows (B) 3.1 and DOS applications running concurrently on a single display. Additional drivers include 256-color XGA and Super Video Graphics Adapters (SVGA) for brighter and sharper screen displays, high-speed printers and popular CD-ROM drives. Other features include a new high-performance 32-bit graphics engine, a fax mini-application (applet), support for Advanced Power Management (APM) to extend the battery life of notebook computers and Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) specifications -- the new standard for credit card-sized hardware options. Also included are enhanced enabling code for pen- and speech-based systems as well as the inclusion of OS/2 multimedia extensions to improve the use of audio in computers.
 For customers, independent software vendors and independent hardware manufacturers in the U.S., the beta can be ordered from IBM for installation via CD-ROM drive. For more information, call 1-800-3IBMOS2.
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 (B) The following is a trademark or registered trademark of the indicated company: Windows (Microsoft Corporation).
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 /CONTACT: Madeline Mansfield of IBM, 914-642-5409/
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