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APPLE COMPUTER UNVEILS THREE NEW OSI PRODUCTS AT INTEROP SPRING '92

APPLE COMPUTER UNVEILS THREE NEW OSI PRODUCTS AT INTEROP SPRING '92
 WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced three new product offerings to address the Open Systems marketplace at Interop: MacX.400, MacODA, and MacOSI Transport. Apple Computer's Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) offerings illustrate Apple's strong commitment to driving open networking strategies to solve enterprise computing problems.
 More and more corporate users need to exchange messages and complex information in mixed computer environments. Apple Computer's new OSI products address these needs, and offer an OSI foundation for third party developers to build on. These products are available in addition to Apple Computer's existing OSI product, MacX25.
 MacX.400 enables multi-platform network users to send E-mail messages back and forth. MacODA allows users to exchange documents including text and graphics in a multi-vendor environment. MacOSI Transport will be available to third-party developers who wish to create additional OSI services for the Macintosh computer. MacX.400
 MacX.400 enables users to send E-mail from their Macintosh computer to non-Macintosh users and to recipients who use proprietary electronic mail (E-mail) systems. MacX.400 is a 1984-X.400 server that supports the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) standards.
 The MacX.400 server can connect to public X.400 networks or to private X.400 backbones. Used together with an E-mail gateway, the MacX.400 server distributes X.400 services to mail users over an AppleTalk network or other networks. MacX.400 sets a new standard for ease of use and installation. By the implementation of a graphical administration facility and a one button installer, Apple is setting a new standard for ease of use and installation.
 MacX.400 comes with a full OSI stack that lets users connect to local area networks and to wide-area networks. MacX.400 supports the ISO Transport Class 4 protocol stack that works over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3). MacX.400 also supports the exchange of mail with remote sites over X.25 networks when used in conjunction with Apple MacX25.
 MacX.400 is also open to developers. The MacX.400 API gives programmers access to the MacX.400 server. This X.400 API is easy to use and allows the implementation of X.400 gateways to existing E-mail systems and the creation X.400 user agents for the Macintosh.
 "We are delighted that MCI Mail is the first public messaging carrier certified with MacX.400" said Steve Berhannan, product manager at MCI International in Washington. "Apple again enhances individual productivity by enabling users to easily communicate with their trading partners and business associates outside their company via MCI Mail's wide array of global messaging options. MCI Mail becomes increasingly invaluable to users, once they realize that they can communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime." MacODA
 MacODA is a software translator for Macintosh computers that implements the Open Document Architecture (ODA) standard. ODA is a document-interchange standard established by the International Standards Organization (ISO) that facilitates the interchange of documents between different applications and platforms, including documents that contain complex formatting and graphics. MacODA enables users to exchange complex documents (including graphics) with users who might use different word processors (or a different platform), while preserving the original format. When used in conjunction with MacX.400, MacODA provides the user with seamless exchange to text and graphics in the OSI environment.
 MacODA converts ODA documents to and from the Claris XTND format, an Apple translation system. MacODA provides XTND-compatible applications with the ability to open the ODA documents that a user receives and to save other documents in the ODA format.
 "Apple's continued leadership and commitment to open standards is tremendous news. They are addressing real world networking issues in a timely manner," said Laurie Bride, manager of communications technology at Boeing Computer in Seattle. MacOSI Transport
 MacOSI Transport is Apple's software platform for users and developers who want to extend the reach of their Macintosh applications to Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) environments. It supports the ISO Transport protocol that provides reliable end-to-end connections in multi-vendor environments. MacOSI Transport facilitates the connection of the Macintosh computer to IEEE 802.3 Ethernet networks, and to X.25 networks when used in conjunction with MacX25.
 Application programs can use MacOSI Transport in one of two ways. Existing Macintosh applications can access OSI Transport services through the Macintosh Communications Toolbox (CTB) with the MacOSI Transport Tool. The application programs can access transport services through the industry-standard X/OPEN Transport Interface (XTI) included with the MacOSI XTI Library. These APIs will speed up the development of OSI services on the Macintosh.
 "Apple Computer is making it easier to develop OSI compliant products by offering MacOSI Transport. Our product will be brought to market a lot earlier, due to the availability of MacOSI Transport. We couldn't develop the product we are developing without the existence of MacOSI Transport," said Bob Helton, president of MedImage in New Jersey. MacX25
 MacX25 is Apple's implementation of the CCITT X.25 standard. MacX25 connects Macintosh computers to packet-switched networks. MacX25 supports the MacX.400 and MacOSI Transport products. Pricing and Availability
 MacX.400 server: $5,000.00
 MacX.400 Developer's kit: $200.00 (includes the X.400 API)
 MacODA : $149.00
 MacOSI Transport kit: $200.00 (includes the MacOSI Transport
 connection tool) MacOSI XTI Developer's Kit: $200.00 (includes
 the XTI Library)
 MacX25 server: $800.00
 All products listed above will be available third fiscal quarter 1992.
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 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, MacOSI, and AppleTalk are registered trademarks and MacX.400 is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc.
 /CONTACT: Tricia Chan of Apple Computer, 408-974-3609/
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