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March 24, 1987

WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM IBM?

By CBR Staff Writer

What happens between announcement next week of the new IBM Personals that may or may not be called the Personal System/2 (CI No 647) and availability of the native 80286 operating system that may or may not come out as CP-DOS and could be up to one year away? Computerworld reckons it has the answer, suggesting that there will be an interim multi-tasking offering based on the much-maligned Control Program for the near-defunct 3270 Personal Computer (the one that was code-named Nina when three forthcoming Personal operating systems were spied on IBM’s horizon, the others of course being Pinta [TopView?], and Santa Maria): the US trade weekly hears that the interim offering will support windowing and multi-tasking, and address more than 640Kb of memory by bank switching – and of course much of it is IBM proprietary, and if developers write software to use the windowing feature, that software will run only on IBM.

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