Press Release: IBM Announces Just Add OS/2 Warp

IBM offers treat for those who feel tricked by Windows 95

AUSTIN, Texas, October 31, 1995...IBM today announced the availability of Just Add OS/2* Warp, a free package of software utilities to help users deinstall Windows 95 and then load OS/2 Warp, or install OS/2 Warp alongside Windows** 95. Just Add OS/2 Warp introduces computer users to the options they have for upgrading to a 32-bit operating system, shows them how OS/2 Warp and Windows 95 can coexist, and analyzes their hardware to ensure that it's ready to upgrade to OS/2 Warp. Highlighting some of the many advantages of OS/2 Warp over Windows 95, the utility's Upgrade Advisor allows users of any operating system, including Windows 95, PC DOS, MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, and versions of OS/2, a quick and easy look at whether their system is ready to upgrade.

"Few things are as frustrating as finding that a product's promised plug-and-play features don't really work on your PC and then watching your long distance calls to tech support run up while your new software won't run at all," said Dan Lautenbach, vice president, IBM Personal Software Products. "The bottom line is that millions of people may have been duped into trying to use something that doesn't deliver its advertised features. Scary, but true. Just Add OS/2 Warp provides a means to rescue those unhappy Windows 95 customers."

Upgrade Advisor

Just Add OS/2 Warp's Upgrade Advisor automatically checks the user's PC to determine if it is ready to upgrade to OS/2 Warp. The Advisor shows whether the PC has enough memory, processor power and hard disk space, so that the user can move on to the upgrade with confidence. The Advisor allows users to see whether their devices are supported by OS/2 Warp and where to obtain device drivers if they are not. It also will suggest hardware upgrades that can make the PC ready for OS/2 Warp. All of the information gathered by the Advisor remains on the user's computer and is not forwarded off-site.

"Today's OS/2 Warp offers battle-tested features that have been available for three years," Lautenbach said. "Just Add OS/2 Warp offers users easy access to a level of operating system that Windows 95 can only hope to become in the future."

What Microsoft Didn't Tell You

Recent buyers of personal computers, who thought they had to accept their machines preloaded with Windows 95, now have a choice. With Just Add OS/2 Warp, users can quickly review the easy migration scenarios, such as installation of OS/2 Warp over Windows 95 or Windows 3.1, even Windows 95 over OS/2 Warp. The OS/2 Warp and Windows systems can coexist and users do not need to delete OS/2 to try Windows 95 (although that is what Windows 95 documentation instructs users to do).

Just Add OS/2 Warp also explains how to dual boot OS/2 Warp and Windows 95. The utility teaches users a dual boot shortcut and introduces them to a new feature of OS/2 Warp that shows Windows 95 long file names from OS/2 Warp. Both the Dual Boot and Long File Name Utility can be installed directly from Just Add OS/2 Warp onto the user's PC.

The utility comes with a set of instructions for how to uninstall Windows 95. The instructions help users remove Windows 95 from their systems while preserving their work.

OS/2 Warp Information/Cool OS/2 Warp Stuff

Other features offered in Just Add OS/2 Warp include answers to frequently asked questions about OS/2 Warp and Warp Connect. A section about OS/2 treats is loaded with useful tips developed and perfected by an OS/2 users group from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. An index to the Internet web sites and Bulletin Board systems that feature OS/2 Warp discussion, programs and information is included. Both home and enterprise users can see what OS/2 Warp and OS/2 Warp Connect offer by cruising through the quick demo found in Just Add OS/2 Warp.

Just Add OS/2 Warp is offered through IBM Info at 1-800-IBM-3333, extension EA010, and will be available at IBM's booth at COMDEX/Fall 1995, in Las Vegas, Nov. 13-17. Just Add OS/2 Warp also can be downloaded from the Just Add OS/2 Warp home page on the World Wide Web at IBM is also planning an on-line advertising campaign, debuting in late November at selected home pages on the World Wide Web.

There are nearly ten million users of OS/2 worldwide. Four million copies of OS/2 Warp have been sold since November 1994. OS/2 Warp has won 23 industry awards, including editors choice awards, user awards and technical awards. In 1995, more than 125 software developers have announced plans to offer new native OS/2 applications, adding to the 2,500 OS/2 applications already on the market.

IBM news releases are available on the Internet, via the IBM Home Page at The IBM Fax Information Service allows you to receive facsimiles of prior IBM product press releases. Dial 1-800-IBM-4FAX and enter "99" at the voice menu.

* Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.
** Indicates trademark of Microsoft Corp.


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