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 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The AppleSoft Division of Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced it is shipping PowerShare Collaboration Servers, the company's first server software product based on one of Apple's most important new technologies -- the Apple Open Collaboration Environment (AOCE) technology -- for Apple Macintosh computer systems. The PowerShare Collaboration Servers software is designed to provide a powerful platform for team-oriented collaboration solutions: reducing management overhead and costs through the consolidation of system administration, improving network security, and facilitating the creation of systems with large numbers of PowerTalk users on an AppleTalk network. The new product provides server-based mail, catalog, and privacy services for PowerTalk users that significantly enhance the value of System 7 Pro, Apple's newest Macintosh operating system.
 "AOCE technology is a key component of AppleSoft's operating system strategy," said David Nagel, senior vice president and general manager of the AppleSoft division. "By integrating collaboration technology directly into the Macintosh, Apple is addressing our customers' desire to work more productively with each other and with other groups of users. The PowerShare Collaboration Servers allow AppleTalk users to get the most out of System 7 Pro and PowerTalk."
 PowerShare Collaboration Servers Enhance System 7 Pro The PowerShare Collaboration Servers software enhances the value of System 7 Pro, an advanced version of the Macintosh operating system that shipped in October 1993 for customers in business, higher education and government. The new operating system integrates PowerTalk system software, Apple's personal communication software based on AOCE technology, with System 7, Apple's award-winning system software. PowerTalk's built-in electronic messaging, catalog, security, and digital signature capabilities make it easier than ever before for individuals to communicate and work with other individuals or groups on a network.
 PowerShare Collaboration Servers make it easier to manage the collaboration services delivered through PowerTalk -- such as catalogs and gateways -- for medium to large groups of users on an AppleTalk network. By providing a single AppleTalk network-based service through which other services are accessed by all users, the administrative overhead associated with managing these services is minimized, thus reducing management costs.
 PowerShare Collaboration Servers Technology
 Apple's new server solution consists of two collaboration servers, the PowerShare Catalog Server and the PowerShare Mail Server, plus utilities for remote administration and easy set-up. The PowerShare Catalog Server maintains a shared repository for collaborative information such as employee databases and corporate directories. It can also be used to store common user profile information and information needed to manage workflow processes and to communicate important information between software applications. The PowerShare Mail Server acts as a store-and-forward entity for PowerTalk messages and electronic mail, ensuring delivery even when the sender and recipient computers are not available at the same time.
 The PowerShare Collaboration Servers product includes a remote administration tool that allows the system to be administered from any Macintosh computer on the network. The utility for remote administration monitors mail and catalog server activity, user accounts and stored messages as well as providing system alerts to the administrator. The easy set-up utility automates the initial configuration of basic PowerShare Mail and Catalog servers thus eliminating one of the most complex aspects of owning and operating such servers.
 Improved Security and Support for Numerous Users
 PowerShare Collaboration Servers also provide network security for the exchange of sensitive information. The servers automatically authenticate PowerTalk users and encrypt their AppleTalk network traffic to ensure information remains private. In addition, the servers can be quickly set up to support a small group of users, but can easily be expanded to support thousands of users. In environments with large number of users, multiple PowerShare Collaboration Servers can work together using distributed, replicated catalogs to provide higher performance and greater reliability. The replicated catalogs are easy to manage because PowerShare Collaboration Servers automatically keep them synchronized.
 "Now we have delivered both the user and server components of AOCE," said Gursharan Sidhu, AppleSoft's director of collaboration products and the chief architect of AOCE. "Although the technology and the products we have delivered are far ahead of our competition, even these are just a beginning. Apple is working with key partners to enhance our collaboration solutions so our customers can create an environment in which individual users can more effectively interact with others and teams of people can work together even more productively."
 Apple Business Systems Division Supports AOCE technologies In conjunction with the announcement of the PowerShare Collaboration Servers, the Apple Business Systems Division of Apple announced its intention to fully support AOCE technologies delivered in the PowerTalk and the PowerShare Collaboration Servers products in future releases of their Apple Workgroup Servers and network services products. Today, the PowerShare Collaboration Servers are fully compatible with the Apple Workgroup Server 60 and Apple Workgroup Server 80. Apple Business Systems also intends to support PowerShare Collaboration Servers on future Apple Workgroup Server products.
 Additionally, Apple Business Systems intends to work closely with AppleSoft to ensure each division's workgroup computing products are even more complementary, providing customers with a range of powerful solutions for workgroups of all sizes and requirements.
 Availability and Pricing
 Apple's PowerShare Collaboration Servers are available immediately in the United States through software resellers and Apple authorized resellers. The suggested retail price for the PowerShare Collaboration Servers solution is $999 in the United States.
 The availability of PowerShare Collaboration Servers outside the United States varies by country. Localized versions are expected to be available beginning in February 1994.
 System Requirements
 A Macintosh computer system with a minimum of 8 megabytes of RAM is required to install PowerShare Collaboration Servers.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc., develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server, and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the information industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and AppleTalk are registered trademarks and System 7, PowerTalk, AOCE, AppleScript, AppleShare, AppleSearch, QuickTime and PowerShare are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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