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eComStation Demo CD
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You may have thought that OS/2 was dead. Well, surprise, it's not (sorry Mr. Gates!). It is still being sold under the name eComStation by Serenity Systems International.

Recently they released a demo CD that anyone can download from here for free: or if you want, you can purchase the full version here:

eComStation Desktop
This is the desktop as it appears when you first start the eComStation Demo CD. It automatically launches an animated overview using the Macromedia Flash player for OS/2, and launches the help system to a section about the Workplace Shell.

Icon View, Tree View, Details View, and Split View
The eComStation Workplace Shell is responsible for the folder views and desktop icons. This version is greatly enhanced over the original Workplace Shell that was first introduced with OS/2 2.0.

This screen shot shows the Workplace Shell displaying different folders in "Icon View" , "Tree View", "Details View" and the newer "Split View".

Templates and eCenter toolbar
Like earlier OS/2, eComStation uses templates for the purpose of creating new documents and other objects.

The eCenter toolbar (formerly the OS/2 WarpBar) is a separate program from the Workplace Shell and  provides an easily accessible menu of programs and other system objects similar to the "Start" menu in Microsoft Windows. the eCenter toolbar normally shows a "window list" of all of the tasks running. (I had some oddball problems with this intermittently not working when I started the Demo CD.  I worked around that by closing and restarting the eCenter toolbar.)

Tool buttons and Multi Desktop
The eCenter toolbar has several useful tool buttons. One of these gives you a menu with the system setup (control panel) applications.

The Multi Desktop application shown in the lower left lets you select from any one of a number of virtual desktops.