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APPLE TO EXTEND CLIENT/SERVER OFFERINGS BY BRINGING MACINTOSH TECHNOLOGIES TO OPEN SYSTEMS PLATFORMS

 Company Outlines Plans to Collaborate with Leading Open Systems Vendors and Organizations to Provide and Integrate Apple Services and
 Technologies on UNIX Client/Server Platforms
 SAN JOSE, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to further enhance its cross-platform capabilities and offer customers powerful client/server solutions, Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced that it intends to make it possible for Macintosh software services, application software, and technologies to run on UNIX systems
 Speaking at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Morris Taradalsky, vice president and general manager of Apple's Enterprise Systems Division, announced Apple's intention to work closely with leading companies and standards organizations to provide Apple technologies on their UNIX servers and clients.
 The provision of these services would significantly enhance client/server solutions for customers. Client/server is a trend in information systems toward distributing computing resources away from centralized mainframes to decentralized solutions based on desktop or mobile computers accessing a variety of server-class systems, including mainframes.
 Taradalsky said that Apple intends to provide a rich set of services to open systems platforms, enabling Macintosh, UNIX and Windows/DOS clients to access those services. Apple will provide an open, published set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), allowing both Macintosh and UNIX developers to enhance the functionality and ease-of-use of their products for client/server computing.
 Initially, these services aim to provide customers with the ability to run almost all Macintosh applications unmodified on open systems servers, workstations, and X terminals. As a result, Apple application developers will have access to a new market without additional work or expense, and UNIX customers will have access to a rich suite of more than 5,000 Macintosh personal productivity applications.
 Over time, Apple intends to provide a wide range of Apple modular technologies, services and APIs by working with leading open systems vendors and standards organizations to create superior client/server solutions for customers. Non-Apple platforms targeted by Apple for these capabilities include IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and platforms based on the PowerPC microprocessor.
 "Apple, the leader in user-centered computing, is teaming up with the leaders in client/server computing," Taradalsky said. "We want to bring Apple technology to more and more people. And soon, millions of users will have access to powerful, new client/server solutions with the industrial strength of UNIX, and Apple's leadership in user-centered computing.
 "Additionally, these services expand the market for Macintosh developers," Taradalsky added. "They complement mainstream UNIX systems and extends the reach of Apple's technology solutions into multiplatform client/server environments. Building on the success of our new Apple Workgroup Servers, this move will now accelerate our momentum into enterprise computing.
 "The melding of these technologies will facilitate the development, deployment, and ongoing evolution of mainstream, cross-platform client/server computing--all without disrupting customers' existing investment in their client/server systems."
 IBM, Sun, Hewlett-Packard, USL Endorse Apple's Strategy
 Bill Filip, IBM vice president and president of its Advanced Workstation and Systems; Bill Larson, vice president of Sales and Marketing, SunSoft; Gary B. Eichhorn, general manager of Hewlett- Packard's Workstation Systems Group; and Roel Pieper, CEO of UNIX Systems Laboratories attended the Developer Conference to endorse Apple's announcement.
 "Apple's decision to enable Macintosh applications on a wide variety of UNIX-based environments is a very positive response to customer demands for open systems solutions," said Bill Filip, IBM vice president and president, Advanced Workstations and Systems. "Our plan to make Macintosh applications available on IBM's RISC System/6000 family has been well received by our customers and is a key part of our customers and is a key part of our PowerOpen computing strategy."
 "Apple's decision to provide its well-regarded, easy-to-use software environment on HP's UNIX-based Series 700 workstations--and on other UNIX platforms--is a strong endorsement of open systems," said Gary B. Eichhorn, general manager of HP's Workstation Systems Group. "UNIX- based desktop environments that include the ability to run the Apple Macintosh environment further meet the demands of customers requiring greater choice of applications. We envision that Macintosh applications running in an X window would complement the capabilities of the recently announced common desktop environment."
 According to Edward J. Zander, president of SunSoft, Inc.: "Today's announcement is a strong validation for open systems. The combination of popular Apple technologies with the powerful Solaris UNIX platform gives users the best of both worlds."
 "With this extraordinary move, Apple thrusts itself into the mainstream of multiplatform client/server computing," said Roel Pieper, president and CEO of UNIX Systems Laboratories. "Apple's decision to offer its technologies to the open systems marketplace across various UNIX system platforms is precisely what customers want: the proven power, openness, and reliability of UNIX for mission-critical applications, and the flexibility to use the environment they like best. This confirms the UNIX operating system as the universal application platform."
 Client/Server Cross Platform Statement Of Direction
 Taradalsky's statement of direction outlined the initial service components of Apple's new client/server cross-platform product family:
 -- Apple Application Engines: These high-speed application engines provide the ability to run Macintosh applications on UNIX systems. This will give customers the choice of more than 5,000 Macintosh productivity applications. The native Macintosh 680X0-based applications will not need to be modified to be able to run on the UNIX systems.
 -- Apple Desktop Manager: The Apple Desktop Manager for Open Systems integrates Apple desktop, file and window management services with the desktop operating environments of open systems platforms. This technology will work with the X Window System using the Motif and Open Look window managers.
 -- Apple System Services: This will bring a wealth of previously unavailable system services to open systems platforms. These services include: graphics, interface and multimedia services (QuickTime, QuickDraw GX, TrueType, localization services); networking and collaboration services (AppleTalk, TCP/IP, SNA, X.25, etc.); and Information Management Services (AppleShare, Apple Open Collaboration Environment, AppleSearch, Data Access Language).
 -- Apple Development Tools: These are a set of products for developing applications that run across various platform that support Apple Services for Open Systems. Developers will be able to deliver superior client/server solutions by using a combination of both Apple and UNIX services.
 Collaboration With Open Systems Bodies
 Most client/server solutions today require an integrated multivendor approach. Apple intends to work closely with the leading open systems vendors and industry consortia, including X/Open, USL, OSF and others, as well as groups such as COSE, to integrate Apple and UNIX technologies and specifications, thereby delivering superior client/server solutions for customers.
 Bob Lewen, vice president of marketing operations at X/Open said: "X/Open applauds Apple's statement of direction to bring key software technologies into the open systems world. Efforts such as this to bring important technologies into an open environment will continue to meet the business needs of today's information technology user. We look forward to working with Apple Computer to align these technologies with the brandable, Common Application Environment published by X/Open."
 Univel president and CEO Joel Applebaum said: "We applaud Apple's commitment to provide solutions in the open systems marketplace. As a leading supplier in the UNIX industry, we feel that the provision of these Apple technologies on various UNIX platforms can only serve to provide even more powerful solutions for customers."
 David Tory, president of the Open Systems Foundation said: "Apple's decision to provide access to the 5,000-plus Macintosh applications on other vendor platforms will provide end user a wider choice of consistent applications and is therefore in keeping with the goals of open systems."
 UNIX International president and CEO Peter Cunningham said: "Apple's graphical technology and services are widely used in the information technology industry and are renowned for their ease of use. UNIX International welcomes and supports Apple's announcement of their intention to provide their technologies on leading vendor's UNIX-based servers and clients. This announcement bridges the gap between the rapidly growing UNIX-based client/server market and Apple's successful technologies. UI looks forward to working with Apple and the UNIX vendors to facilitate standards for these new open system solutions."
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets computer systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering, and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries. Apple's Macintosh computers and LaserWriter printers were ranked highest in user satisfaction among business users in recent studies by J.D. Power and Associates.
 Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, AppleTalk and AppleShare are all registered trademarks and QuickTime, QuickDraw GX, TrueType and AppleSearch are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
 All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies and are acknowledged as such.
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