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APPLE ADDS SINGLE DOMAIN X.400 PRODUCT TO OSI PRODUCT LINE

 APPLE ADDS SINGLE DOMAIN X.400 PRODUCT TO OSI PRODUCT LINE
 CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced MacX.400 SD (Single Domain), an affordable X.400 server for communication among proprietary electronic mail systems that adds to its Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) product line unveiled earlier this year. The new offering turns the Macintosh personal computer into an X.400 server that brings a standards-based, easy-to-use and versatile e-mail system to small and medium-sized businesses.
 At Interop Spring '92, Apple announced three new OSI products: The first ever X.400 server for the Macintosh computer (MacX.400); a software translator that implements the Open Document Architecture (MacODA); and a transport platform for OSI environments (OSI Connection for Macintosh -- formerly called MacOSI Transport). Apple has also been shipping MacX25, Apple's implementation of the X.25 standard for connecting Macintosh computers to packet-switched networks, since June 1990.
 MacX.400 SD is optimized for smaller businesses, bureau offices or workgroups that need to communicate with only one X.400 server. Otherwise, MacX.400 SD offers all of the communication capabilities of the MacX.400 product.
 The MacX.400 products enable Macintosh users to send electronic mail (e-mail) to recipients on other platforms connected to X.400 networks. Used together with an e-mail gateway, either server can distribute X.400 services to mail users over an AppleTalk network or other networks. That type of configuration allows the exchange of e-mail among recipients within a country or worldwide. MacX.400 SD can also be used inside large companies to connect Macintosh workgroups to other platforms through the corporate X.400 backbone.
 Both the single-domain and multiple-domain products support the 1984 X.400 standard, including the P1 and P2 messaging protocols. They each come with a full OSI stack, which allows users to connect to local and wide area networks. MacX.400 and MacX.400 SD support the ISO Transport Class 4 protocol stack for communication over IEEE 802.3 Ethernet and both enable the exchange of e-mail with remote sites over X.25 networks (when used in conjunction with Apple's MacX25).
 MacX.400 SD, like MacX.400, is open to developers. The MacX.400 API is easy-to-use software that allows programmers to implement X.400 gateways for existing e-mail systems and create X.400 user agents for the Macintosh computer. MacX.400 API is the same for MacX.400 and MacX.400 SD servers.
 Gateways between MacX.400 and popular e-mail systems are available from Third Party developers, including InterCon Systems Corporation and StarNine Technologies Inc.
 "Since we introduced Dispatcher/X.400 for QuickMail to run with Retix OpenServer last spring, we have received an enthusiastic response from QuickMail users," said Kurt Baumann, president of InterCon Systems Corp. "QuickMail is the most popular e-mail package among Macintosh users, and with the introduction of MacX.400 SD, it will be even easier for smaller, single-domain e-mail sites to add enterprise-mail support with our newest e-mail product, Dispatcher/MacX.400 for QuickMail."
 "StarNine is proud to add MacX.400 connectivity to both QuickMail and Microsoft Mail for AppleTalk Networks," said Phil Chang, director of marketing for StarNine Technologies. "Not only are these gateways natural extensions to our family of Macintosh computer-based e-mail products, but together with Apple's X.400 MTA they usher in an era of communication with a broad international and institutional community. Over the past four years, StarNine has witnessed and facilitated the increasing reach of e-mail from the friendly Macintosh computer desktop -- and familiar mail interfaces -- to the world at large."
 Price and Availability
 The MacX.400 SD server will be available this month for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of US$3,000 in the United States. The MacX.400 server will also be available this month in the United States for a MSRP of US$5,000. Apple's products are sold in the United States through Apple authorized resellers and through Apple Direct at 1-800-795-1000.
 The MacX.400 Developer's kit, which includes the MacX.400 SD server and the MacX.400 API, will be available from APDA, Apple's source for developer tools, next month for a MSRP of US$3,200. For information, call APDA at 1-800-282-2732 (US), 1-800-637-0029 (Canada) or 716-871-6555 (International).
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, APDA, AppleTalk, Macintosh and MacOSI are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. MacODA and MacX25 are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671, or John McCreadie of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4398, for Apple/
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