|IBM Responds to Spencer Katt Rumor||- by John Soyring January 24, 1996|
Because there has been so much discussion on various networks about the January 8 Spencer Katt rumor column in PC Week, I decided that I would post a copy of a note that I mailed electronically within IBM to our sales teams around the world.
I hope this information helps assure PC users and buyers that IBM remains strongly committed to the long-term market success of OS/2 Warp.
OS/2 is, and will continue to be, IBM's strategic personal operating system. This is the view held by IBM executives, including IBM's senior vice president John M. Thompson, and -- as importantly -- by IBM's chairman Lou Gerstner, as Spencer Katt even pointed out.
Given OS/2's recent successes, why would Thompson want to get rid of it? Even with the unprecedented marketing hype for Windows 95, last year proved to be a very successful year for OS/2. About five million copies of OS/2 Warp were sold in 1995, bringing the total number of Warp sales to more than six million, and the number of all OS/2 customers to more than 12 million. And we have just come off our most successful sales month ever with more than one million copies of OS/2 Warp being sold in December alone!
During the time it took Microsoft to ship Windows 95, our development team delivered OS/2 Warp Connect, an operating system with connectivity features ideal for PC users whether they work in small workgroups or in large enterprises, and the beta of OS/2 Warp Server, which has received widespread approval from the industry and is right on track for a first quarter '96 shipment. On the heels of that beta announcement came the introduction of our Directory and Security Server (DSS) beta program, which, when combined with OS/2 Warp Server, offers customers a solution that no other server OS vender provides.
Last, but certainly not least, we announced that development was well under way for the next generation of OS/2 Warp, code-named Merlin, which will also arrive during 1996.
We intend to continue to gain market share with OS/2 Warp -- both as a desktop or mobile client operating system as well as a server operating system. I assure you that you will see OS/2 Warp move in a positive direction this year. Remember that actions speak louder than words, especially when those words come from a rumor columnist.
Please share this note with your clients if they have a concern generated by the subject rumor column.
please note: While Mr. Soyring originally posted this message to Usenet newsgroups, the amount of e-mail he received regarding it was overwhelming. In the interest allowing Mr. Soyring to continue to work on OS/2's future, we have removed his e-mail address from this letter and would encourage all readers to post congratulations, thank-you's and comments to the comp.os.os2.advocacy newsgroup where Mr. Soyring will surely see them, rather than swamping him with e-mail.
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