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IBM PRE-INSTALLS OS/2 2.0 ON PERSONAL SYSTEM/2 MODELS 56 AND 57

 IBM PRE-INSTALLS OS/2 2.0 ON PERSONAL SYSTEM/2 MODELS 56 AND 57
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has pre-installed Operating System/2(A) (OS/2(A)) 2.0 software on selected Personal System/2(A) (PS/2(A)) Models 56 and 57. Such a move allows first time users of OS/2 2.0 to immediately experience this new operating system performance from these desktop systems. An IBM mouse is also included in these pre-installed systems. Both the IBM mouse and OS/2 2.0 are included in the price of the systems, which shall remain the same.
 These pre-installed entry systems are well poised to provide desktop users in small, medium and large organizations the opportunity to learn and grow with OS/2. Each of the selected PS/2s -- Models 56 SX, 56 SLC, 57 SX and 57 SLC -- have 4 MB of random access memory (RAM), expandable to 16 MB, and 80 MB or larger hard drives.
 "It is our intent, over time, to pre-install OS/2 2.0 across our line of PS/2 products," said James A. Cannavino, IBM vice president and general manager, Personal Systems line of business. "We're pleased that the Models 56 and 57 are the first systems selected in this endeavor."
 OS/2 2.0 improves user productivity by integrating DOS, Windows(B), 16-bit OS/2 and 32-bit OS/2 applications on a single, graphical system. Pre-installed OS/2 further enhances work productivity by providing a fully configured, ready-to-go system when turned on. These pre- installed systems contain additional features including easy-to-use tutorials, utility programs and information on the HelpWare offerings available from IBM. All of these features were designed to help the user be productive immediately and easily learn and manage the system.
 OS/2 2.0 is an ideal platform for desktop, networking, communications and multi-media solutions. Its reliable performance, transparent LAN access, and background processing make it the true Integrating Platform(A) for desktop productivity, mission-critical and line of business applications.
 PS/2 Models 56 SLC and 57 SLC use the powerful 386SLC chip, which features 8 kilobytes (KB) of internal cache and an internal cache controller. IBM's design boosts performance by accessing data from the high speed internal cache rather than system memory, whenever possible, and by optimizing commonly used instructions. The result is that SLC customers will see performance faster than most 386DX-25 MHz systems.
 The 386SLC, developed by IBM under a long-standing agreement with Intel, has the same 32-bit internal, 16-bit external design as the Intel 386SX and is fully compatible with the Intel 386 architecture. Intel participated in testing the 386SLC and has determined it is 100 percent compatible with Intel 386 architecture.
 The Models 56 SX and 57 SX can be upgraded to the SLC using the cached processor option upgrade card, giving them up to 88 percent faster performance. In the future, IBM intends to provide additional faster processor upgrades for all 56 and 57 models.
 In addition, businesses need not invest in new applications and training right away. User investments in printer technology and networking are also protected by the wide range of printer device drivers and LAN support included in the system.
 Users will have access to IBM's PS/2 HelpCenter(A) should they have any questions about the pre-installed OS/2 or hardware. The HelpCenter was announced in March as part of IBM's HelpWare Services, the most comprehensive service and support program in the personal computer industry. Users may contact the HelpCenter at 1-800-PS2-2227. Users will also have free access to the OS/2 support line for 60 days.
 The prices for Models 56 and 57 remain the same.
 -- Model 56 SX-045 $3,030
 -- Model 56 SLC-055 $3,560
 -- Model 56 SLC-059 $4,030
 -- Model 57 SX-045 $3,465
 -- Model 57 SX-049 $3,935
 -- Model 57 SLC-055 $3,995
 -- Model 57 SLC 059 $4,465
 Manufacturers suggested retail prices; dealers prices may vary.
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 (B) -- The following is a trademark of the indicated company: Windows (Microsoft Corporation).
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