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OS/2 (Operating System 2) - Definition

OS/2 is a protected-mode, virtual memory, multitasking operating system for personal computers based on the Intel 80286, 80386, i486, and Pentium processors. OS/2 can run most MS-DOS-based programs and can read all MS-DOS disks. It was initially created by Microsoft and IBM, then later developed by IBM exclusively. The name stands for Operating System 2, because it was introduced as the preferred operating system for IBM's Personal System 2 (PS/2) line of second-generation Personal Computers. OS/2 is no longer marketed by IBM, and IBM standard support for OS/2 was discontinued on December 31, 2006


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