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ZDNet: Shhh! OS/2 selling better than expected

Sep 02, 1999, 18:49 (5 Talkback[s])
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"IBM has always maintained that it continues to offer active support for the OS/2 operating system. But the general market perception is that the company is trying to scoop kitty litter over Big Blue's one-time entry in the operating system wars."

"...OS/2 is doing much better than even IBM expected. The company just hasn't bothered to tell anybody. According to IBM sources, the IBM OS/2 Warp client has sold at 134 percent of plan for the last five quarters, accounting for more than $70 million in revenue, with the greatest increase occurring at the end of 1998.

This growth is being credited to revenue from large enterprise license agreements, additional client upgrade protection plans, and -- at least in IBM's eyes -- positive customer calls on strong e-business directions."

"IDC reports that OS/2 only held 0.5 percent of the 89 million client operating environment market and 3.0% of the server operating environment market in 1998. The OS/2 shipments declined about 40% in both markets."

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