IBM ANNOUNCEMENT OVERVIEW
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Announcement Letter Number 287-497 dated November 3, 1987
US - Last Revised on November 3, 1987



Brief Description of Announcement, Charges, and Availability

       IBM announces the availability dates of several versions of
IBM Operating System/2 (TM) and also announces the IBM AIX (TM) PS/2
Operating System.
       With today's announcement, an improved availability date of
December 1987, is announced for IBM Operating System/2 Standard
Edition Version 1.0.  In addition, first customer shipment dates are
announced for the other versions of IBM Operating System/2 Standard
Edition and IBM Operating System/2 Extended Edition.
       Today's announcements also include new systems software
products and enhancements for the three operating systems that
support the IBM Personal System/2 family and IBM Personal Computers.
       For Operating System/2, two new products are announced:  IBM
Operating System/2 Extended Version 1.0 and IBM OS/2 Local Area
Network Server Program Version 1.0.
       For IBM PS/2 Model 80 users who require UNIX(1) functions, IBM
announces the AIX PS/2 Operating System.  In addition, languages,
connectivity programs, and other related software for the IBM AIX
PS/2 Operating System, including AIX PS/2 DOS Merge, AIX PS/2
X-Windows, and AIX PS/2 TCP/IP, are announced.
       For IBM DOS users, a new version of the PC Local Area Network
program, and enhanced 3270 communications and graphics terminal
emulation programs are announced.
       For users of the IBM RT (TM) Personal Computer, new hardware
and software support is announced.  These announcements include
8-port asynchronous adapter features, the AIX/RT Network File System
(TM) (NFS), and an enhanced version of IBM AIX/RT Distributed
Services.
       New and enhanced graphics host system support, accessible
through the new graphics terminal emulation programs for DOS, are
also announced.
 (TM) Trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.
(1) Registered trademark of AT&T.


Customer Letter Section

       HIGHLIGHTS
IBM OPERATING SYSTEM/2
o   IBM Operating System/2 first customer shipment schedules to
    facilitate the implementation planning of developers and users.
o   Improved availability of December 1987, for IBM Operating
    System/2 Standard Edition Version 1.0.
o   Programming languages and development tools for IBM Operating
    System/2 required for development of OS/2 applications.
o   A Version 1.0 release of IBM Operating System/2 Extended Edition,
    offering a solution for the communicating/data base application
    requirements of users who have near-term needs for the large
    memory or multitasking support provided by IBM Operating
    System/2.
o   Local area network support for IBM Operating System/2 Extended
    Edition.
IBM DISK OPERATING SYSTEM
o   Application growth capability for DOS users.
    -   Enhanced 3270 communications (3270 Workstation Program
        Version 1.1)
    -   Enhanced DOS support for local area networks (IBM PC LAN
        Program Version 1.3)
IBM AIX PS/2 OPERATING SYSTEM
o   IBM AIX PS/2 Operating System and related products for users who
    require a multi-user UNIX operating system on the IBM Personal
    System/2 Model 80.
o   IBM AIX PS/2 DOS Merge for the execution of DOS applications with
    AIX applications by multiple users.
o   The ability to port applications from IBM PC XENIX(2) Version 2
    to IBM AIX PS/2.
o   IBM AIX PS/2 connectivity programs provide support for 3278/79
    terminal emulation, and new Transmission Control
    Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) support for the IBM
    Token-Ring Network and the Ethernet(3) Network.
o   AIX PS/2 VS FORTRAN, AIX PS/2 VS Pascal and AIX PS/2 C Languages
    for the IBM AIX PS/2 Operating System.
IBM RT PERSONAL COMPUTER
o   Support for NFS 3.2 protocols, remote procedure call, External
    Data Representation, Yellow Pages and Remote Execution.
o   IBM AIX/RT Distributed Services Release 1.2 support for the
    Token-Ring Local Area Network and the transparent sharing of
    print queues and batch job queues among systems.
(2) Trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
(3) Registered trademark of XEROX, Inc.
ENHANCED HOST AND WORKSTATION GRAPHICS SUPPORT
o   Workstation and host programming support to allow the IBM
    Personal System/2 and IBM Personal Computers to link to host
    programs as host interactive graphics terminals.
o   Enhanced host graphics and host document preparation support with
    access through IBM Personal System/2 and IBM Personal Computers.
KEY AVAILABILITY DATES
Dates shown are planned availability dates except where indicated as
First Customer Shipment (FCS).
PROGRAM                                           AVAILABILITY
NAME                                              DATE
IBM Operating System/2                            December 1987
Standard Edition Version 1.0                      (FCS)
IBM Operating System/2                            December 1987
Programmer Toolkit Version 1.0                    (FCS)
IBM Operating System/2
Languages                                         November 17, 1987
IBM Operating System/2
Graphics Development Toolkit                      December 1987
IBM Operating System/2                            October 1988
Standard Edition Version 1.1                      (FCS)
IBM Operating System/2                            October 1988
Programmer Toolkit Version 1.1                    (FCS)
IBM Operating System/2                            July 1988
Extended Edition Version 1.0                      (FCS)
IBM Operating System/2                            November 1988
Extended Edition Version 1.1                      (FCS)
IBM Operating System/2
Local Area Network Server                         November 1988
Version 1.0                                       (FCS)
IBM 3270 Workstation Program
Version 1.1                                       December 18, 1987
IBM PC LAN Program Version 1.3                    July 1988 (FCS)
IBM AIX PS/2 Operating System
and Related Programs, including
IBM AIX PS/2 DOS Merge and IBM
AIX PS/2 X-Windows                                September 1988
IBM AIX PS/2 Connectivity
Programs                                          September 1988
IBM AIX PS/2 Language
Programs/Compilers                                September 1988
IBM GDDM-CSPF (Central Slide
and Plot Facility)                                November 20, 1987
IBM GDDM-PCLK Version 1.1                         May 25, 1988
IBM GDDM Series Version 2.2
with PCLK Feature                                 May 25, 1988
IBM RT PC IMSL(4)
MATH/LIBRARY, STAT/LIBRARY,
and SFUN/LIBRARY Version 2.0                      November 25, 1987
IBM RT PC Distributed Services
and 8-Port Asynchronous
Adapters                                          June 1988
IBM RT PC Network File System
and X-Windows Version 2.1                         September 1988
(4) Trademark of IMSL Inc.
       DESCRIPTIONS
IBM OPERATING SYSTEM/2 STANDARD EDITION, PROGRAMMER TOOLKIT,
LANGUAGES, AND GRAPHICS DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT
The Standard Edition complements recently announced hardware,
provides significant new function, offers enhanced ease-of-use, and
provides a platform for future application growth.  The Programmer
Toolkit improves programmer productivity when developing IBM
Operating System/2 and Family applications.  New language programs
are highly compatible with previous versions.  They include COBOL/2,
FORTRAN/2, C/2, Macro Assembler/2, Pascal Compiler/2 and BASIC
Compiler/2.  The language programs support both IBM DOS Version 3.30
and IBM Operating System/2.  The Operating System/2 Graphics
Development Toolkit supports IBM Operating Systems/2 and the
development of applications to be executed on that system.
       Standard Edition Version 1.0 removes the previous 640KB memory
restriction by supporting up to 16MB of addressability.  It supports
a new generation of applications and supports concurrent operation of
multiple applications.  Standard Edition Version 1.1 contains all the
IBM Operating System/2 Standard Edition functions.  Version 1.0
contains all the functions except Presentation Manager (which
provides windowing and graphics), and newly announced support for
partitions and files greater than 32MB.
       First Customer Shipment dates for IBM Operating System/2
Standard Edition are December 1987 for Version 1.0 and October 1988
for Version 1.1.
       Refer to Programming Announcements 287-498 and 287-500, dated
November 3, 1987, for additional information.
IBM OPERATING SYSTEM/2 EXTENDED EDITION
The Extended Edition is a new generation of operating system
providing comprehensive function for both the end user and the
application developer.  It provides the capabilities of the
corresponding version of the IBM Operating System/2 Standard Edition,
plus relational data base and communications managers and a local
area network requester in a single product.  The Extended Edition is
a single, flexible solution for customers who require a mixture of
communications types, data management and access to local area
network resources.
       Extended Edition Version 1.0 provides the capabilities of
Standard Edition 1.0, plus a relational database and Communications
Manager which provides a wide range of concurrent connectivities and
protocols, concurrent emulation of multiple terminal types, file
transfer, multiple programming interfaces, and communications and
systems management support.
       Extended Edition Version 1.1 contains all the IBM Operating
System/2 Extended Edition functions.  Version 1.0 contains all
functions, except Presentation Manager, the newly announced support
for partitions and files greater than 32MB, and support for local
area networks.
       First Customer Shipment dates are July 1988 for Extended
Edition Version 1.0 and November 1988 for Extended Edition Version
1.1.
       Refer to Programming Announcement 287-499, dated November 3,

1987, for additional information.
IBM OPERATING SYSTEM/2 LOCAL AREA NETWORK SERVER PROGRAM VERSION 1.0
The IBM Operating System/2 Local Area Network Server Program provides
comprehensive Local Area Network capabilities to interconnected
workstations on IBM Token-Ring Network and IBM PC Network.  The
program provides resource sharing for disks, printers and serially
attached devices on the network.  It also provides facilities for
defining, controlling and managing access to local area network
resources.
       First Customer Shipment is November 1988.
       Refer to Programming Announcement 287-501, dated November 3,
1987, for additional information.
IBM 3270 WORKSTATION PROGRAM VERSION 1.1
The IBM 3270 Workstation Program Version 1.1, announced on April 2,
1987, is enhanced with improved availability.  The 3270 Workstation
Program provides support for multiple host and multiple DOS sessions,
IBM expanded memory adapters, IBM local area network enhancements,
host graphics, and support for the Lotus(5)/Intel(6)/Microsoft(7)
Expanded Memory Specification (LIMS) Versions 3.2 and the LIMS 3.2
functions in LIMS 4.0.  Version 1.1 supersedes and enhances the
currently available Version 1.0.  Enhancements include memory
improvements for IBM Personal System/2 Models 50, 60 and 80 which
allow larger DOS sessions, and multiple sessions may use the
Lotus/Intel/Microsoft Expanded Memory Specification (EMS).  Also, the
IBM 3270 Communication Controller are added to the IBM Token-Ring
gateways for host access using 802.2 protocols; and additional IBM
hardware products are supported for compatibility.
       Planned availability is improved to December 18, 1987.
       Refer to Programming Announcement 287-503, dated November 3,
1987, for additional information.
(5) Trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
(6) Trademark of Intel.
(7) Trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
IBM PERSONAL COMPUTER LAN PROGRAM VERSION 1.3
The IBM Personal Computer LAN Program Version 1.3, which supports IBM
Token-Ring and Personal Computer Network, supersedes Personal
Computer LAN Program Version 1.2.  It includes the functions of
Version 1.2, plus extended services for the administration of LAN
server resources.  The IBM Personal Computer LAN Program Version 1.3
will be supported by the newly announced OS/2 LAN server program.
Users will have a choice of attaching to an IBM Personal Computer LAN
Program Version 1.3 server, the advanced function of the OS/2 LAN
server, or both.
       First Customer Shipment is July 1988.
       Refer to Programming Announcement 287-502, dated
November 3, 1987.
IBM AIX PS/2 OPERATING SYSTEM AND RELATED PROGRAMS
The IBM Advanced Interactive Executive (AIX) PS/2 Operating System
licensed program, for users who require UNIX functions, is a 32-bit
operating system for the IBM Personal System/2 Model 80.  It provides
multi-user, multitasking, and virtual memory support for up to 16
concurrent users.
       Also announced today are a number of related licensed
programs.  Among them are IBM AIX PS/2 DOS Merge, IBM AIX PS/2
X-Windows, and three new AIX PS/2 connectivity programs that support
data and/or program exchange in personal system workstation
peer-to-peer and workstation-host environments.  IBM AIX PS/2 DOS
Merge provides support for the execution of multiple IBM DOS Version
3.30 applications by multiple concurrent users.  IBM AIX PS/2
X-Windows provides a network transparent windowing system that allows
users on the console to simultaneously view and access programs and
data from both local and LAN-connected processors running a
compatible windowing product.  The AIX PS/2 connectivity programs
support multiple communication protocols including Ethernet and IBM
Token-Ring.
       Planned availability is September 1988.
       Refer to Programming Announcements 287-504, 287-506, 287-507,
and 287-509, dated November 3, 1987, for additional information.
IBM RT PC PROGRAMS AND HARDWARE
Programs announced today include a new communications program, (the
Network File System licensed program) and three new IMSL problem
solving products (MATH/LIBRARY, STAT/LIBRARY and SFUN/LIBRARY Version
2.0) to enhance and replace previously announced IMSL programs; and
IBM AIX/RT X-Windows Version 2.1 which expands the function of
X-Windows Version 1.1 to include additional programming language
support and windowing functions; and IBM AIX/RT Distributed Services
Release 1.2 which provides support for the IBM Token-Ring LAN,
extends support for batch and printer server functions to remote
workstations, and simplifies the network administration of systems
running Distributed Services.
       IBM RT PC hardware announced today are two new 8-port
asynchronous adapters, RS-232-C and RS-422-A, which can be used to
increase the number of concurrently operating asynchronous devices
while decreasing the number of slots required for their attachment.
       Planned availability for IMSL MATH/LIBRARY, STAT/LIBRARY, and
SFUN/LIBRARY 2.0 is November 25, 1987.  Planned availability for IBM
AIX/RT Distributed Services Release 1.2 and the RT PC Asynchronous
Adapter features is June 1988.  Planned availability for IBM AIX/RT
Network File System and IBM AIX/RT X-Windows Version 2.1 is September
1988.
       Refer to Programming Announcements 287-508, 287-509, and
287-510, dated November 3, 1987.  Also refer to Product Announcement
187-227, dated November 3, 1987, for additional information.
GDDM LICENSED PROGRAMS
Programs announced today provide the support at the host and the
workstation to allow the IBM Personal System/2 family and IBM
personal computers to link to GDDM as mainframe interactive graphics
terminals.  Also announced is a host graphics support program,
GDDM-CSPF (Central Slide and Plot facility), for producing
high-quality overhead transparencies and hard copy from auto-feed
plotters like the IBM 6182 color plotter.  The facility can also be
used to produce high-quality 35mm slides using suitable OEM film
recorders.
       Planned availability of Interactive Terminal Support is May
25, 1988.  Planned availability of Central Slide and Plot Facility is
November 20, 1987.
       Extensions to host composite document printing and viewing are
also part of this announcement.
       Refer to Programming Announcements 287-511, 287-512, and
287-513, dated November 3, 1987, for additional information.