IBM's introduction of the Personal System/2 (PS/2) personal computers and the Operating System/2 (OS/2) are part of an overall Systems Application Architecture (SAA) plan aimed at bringing all lines of computers from PCs to mainframes closer together. Since the benefits of IBM's proprietary PS/2 technology is presently unclear, the decision to purchase IBM's PS/2 or third-party "clones" should be based primarily on price versus performance. The introduction of OS/2 is a true performance breakthrough, but its benefits will not be seen until new applications are developed to take advantage of the new features.

You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.