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1987 1987–1992 1989–1990 1992–1995 1994–1995 1995–2006
1987 1987–1992 1989–1990 1992–1995 1994–1995 1995–2006

Microsoft OS/2 SDK (prerelease)[]

1987[]

Microsoft OS-2 SDK logo
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Baskerville
Launched:  Unknown

The original OS/2 Software Development Kit (SDK) was issued by Microsoft in the fall of 1987 for $3,000. This logo was present in prerelease advertising, documentation, and box art in the lead up to the official releases of OS/2 by Microsoft and IBM.

OS/2 1.x[]

1987–1992[]

IBM OS2
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Glaser Stencil Thin
Launched:  Unknown

OS/2 1.0 was the first version of OS/2 released in December 1987. A user interface was introduced in version version 1.1. OS/2's branding always utilized a square tilted at 37 degrees into a rhomboid shape. Versions from 1.0 to 1.3 published by IBM included a logo featuring neon lettering.

1989–1990[]

Microsoft OS-2 logo
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Custom (logo)
Baskerville / Times New Roman (wordmark)
Launched:  Unknown

This alternate logo would be used on editions published by Microsoft until its breakup with IBM in 1990.

OS/2 2.0/Warp 3.0[]

1992–1995[]

OS2 2.0
Designer:  Paul Rand
Bryan Thatcher (final render)[1]
Typography:  Helvetica Bold Condensed (modified) (logo)
Helvetica Ultra Compressed (wordmark)
Launched:  1992

Announced at Las Vegas on October 21, IBM released OS/2 version 2.0 on May 31, 1992. The first 32-bit version of the system, it introduced a new object-oriented user interface known as Workplace Shell. The rhombus now displays five differently colored circles with "OS/2" typed diagonally inside.

OS/2 Warp 3.0[]

1994–1995[]

OS2Warp3
Designer:  Paul Rand
Bryan Thatcher (final render)[1]
Typography:  Helvetica Bold Condensed (modified) (logo)
Bodoni Book / Italic (modified) (wordmark)
Launched:  1994

Released in 1994, OS/2 3.0 is the first version to bear the "OS/2 Warp" moniker. It featured new performance benefits, including broader hardware support, multimedia capabilities, and Internet networking. Two separate editions were made for OS/2 Warp 3, referred as "Blue Spine" and "Red Spine".

The logo was otherwise kept the same with the addition of a new wordmark.

OS/2 Warp Connect/Warp 4[]

1995–2006[]

OS2 Warp
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Bodoni Book
Helvetica Black (modified)
Launched:  1995

With the release of OS/2 Warp Connect in June 1995, a new logo was introduced comprising the wordmark in a wavy holding shape. Rhomboidal imagery would continue to appear on box arts. OS/2 Warp 4 would follow later in 1996. New features in this release were a tighter integration with Java technology, speech recognition, WarpGuide, and Assistance Center.

The last version released was OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business 4.52 in December 17, 2001.

Extended support for the operating system ended on December 31, 2006. OS/2's architecture would be continually supported by third-party development under IBM's license to Serenity Systems as eComStation, and later in 2017 to Arca Noae, LLC as ArcaOS.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "OS/2 logo". Bryan Thatcher. March 5, 2022. Archived from the original on February 13, 2023.
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