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IBM SHIPS LIMITED AVAILABILITY VERSION OF OS/2 2.0 OPERATING SYSTEM

             IBM SHIPS LIMITED AVAILABILITY VERSION OF
                   OS/2 2.0 OPERATING SYSTEM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today confirmed it began providing the limited availability version of its OS/2(A) 2.0 operating system at the end of December to customers who want to begin production in early 1992, fulfilling the announcement it made to the industry in October at the COMDEX computer show. Approximately 350 accounts are participating in the OS/2 Limited Availability Program (LAP) worldwide.
    An advanced 32-bit operating system, OS/2 2.0 is capable of exploiting the dramatic power of 386SX(B) and higher systems.  OS/2 will provide the broadest selection of applications in the industry, allowing users to tap the more than 30,000 DOS, Windows(C), and 16-bit OS/2 applications currently available.
    OS/2 also will support more than 1,100 new Presentation Manager(A) 32-bit applications being developed for delivery this year by over 700 software developers.  As the integrating platform, OS/2 2.0 is well- suited for environments that range from personal productivity applications to sophisticated networking solutions.
    "The Limited Availability version we are providing to our customers contains the key features originally discussed for OS/2 2.0," says Joseph Guglielmi, IBM vice president and general manager, marketing & business development, Personal Systems.  "OS/2 2.0 beta code has been in our Early Experience Program for nearly six months and we have had the opportunity to make significant enhancements based on user feedback."
    Meeting Customer Requirements
    IBM is offering limited availability to meet the needs of those customers whose production schedule requires this function for initial testing and validation.  IBM will provide full service and support to the LAP customers.  The Limited Availability Program ends 60 days after the general availability of OS/2 2.0.
    The Limited Availability version will include DOS and full-screen Windows compatibility, as well as the Workplace Shell, an easy-to-use, icon-based graphical user interface (GUI).
    The Limited Availability Program will include support for the following components:
    -- OS/2 2.0 and OS/2 Standard Edition 1.3
    -- Multiple DOS sessions
    -- Full Screen Windows
    -- Workplace Shell GUI
    -- Extended Services with Database Server for OS/2
    -- LAN Server 2.0
    -- Netware Requester for OS/2
    Support for developer tools, including IBM OS/2 2.0 Developer's ToolKit, IBM C Set/2, IBM Workframe/2 and IBM OS/2 2.0 Technical Library will be available in mid to late January.
    OS/2 2.0, generally available in March, will cost $195, with right- to-copy licenses available for $149 without media and documentation. DOS users can license OS/2 2.0 for $149, with right-to-copy licenses available for $99.
    IBM also extended support for OS/2 1.3, Extended Edition and LAN Server:  Customers who license OS/2 1.3 by March 31 will receive a free upgrade to OS/2 2.0; those who license Extended Edition and LAN Server by April 30 will receive a free upgrade to Extended Services 1.0 and LAN Server 2.0, respectively.
    NOTE:
    (A) OS/2 and Presentation Manager are trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.
    (B) Trademark of Intel Corporation.
    (C) Trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
    -0-            1/7/92
    /CONTACT:  Keith J. Lindenburg of IBM, 914-642-5363/
    (IBM) CO:  International Business Machines Corporation ST:  New York IN:  CPR SU: SM -- NY018 -- 7202 01/07/92 09:32 EST
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