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IBM last week began shipping a beta version of its OS/2 upgrade that will serve as the basis for notebook, LAN client, server, and multiprocessor operating systems to be rolled out later this year.
"This is the infrastructure upon which the next set of offerings will be built," said Wally Casey, director of marketing for IBM's Personal Software Products division.
The beta is available on CompuServe. The new version, which is still unnamed, is due later this summer. (See "OS/2 for Windows improves interface," May 23, page 5.)
The new version will be the launching pad for what IBM calls Play at Will, its answer to Microsoft Corp.'s plug-and-play capabilities …