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 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to provide cross-platform computing solutions, Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced it is developing a Macintosh Quadra computer with MS-DOS- and Windows-compatibility. Packed with the powerful Motorola 68LC040 and an Intel486 SX microprocessors, the Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version computer is being designed to enable users to run Macintosh, DOS and Windows applications. The company will unveil its plans for the product today at Comdex, the largest personal computer tradeshow in the United States.
 The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version, which is planned to be preinstalled with MS-DOS 6.2, is being designed to provide users with multiple-platform options and protect their current investment in software. Apple's goal is to deliver a product that is ideally suited for home office users and small businesses with cross-platform computing needs. At the touch of two keys, users will be able to switch from the Macintosh computer environment to DOS and back again.
 "We don't want compatibility to be an issue for our customers," said Ian Diery, executive vice president of Apple's Personal Computer Division. "By developing its most compatible personal computer, Apple intends to provide its users with all of the advantages of the Macintosh platform while protecting their investment in DOS and Windows-based software. Our plans for the Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version are just part of Apple's overall effort to provide multiple-platform compatibility."
 Users to Work in Two Environments at the Same Time
 The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is planned to feature dual processors, enabling users to work in both environments simultaneously. The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is being designed to feature a 25 MHz 68LC040, powering the Macintosh computer environment, and a 25 MHZ Intel486 SX, which runs DOS or Windows-based software. Because the dual processors will work independently, users will be able to run Macintosh and DOS or Windows' applications in tandem and even cut and paste data between the two environments.
 "By having a genuine Intel486 SX microprocessor inside the system, Apple customers will have uncompromised access to the largest software library in the industry, including DOS, Windows, and 50,000 application titles," said Earl Whetstone, Intel's vice president and director of Americas sales and marketing. "The Intel-based hardware approach has levels of performance and compatibility that are unmatched in the industry."
 "It will be exciting to be able to provide the MS-DOS standard to Macintosh customers," said Brad Chase, general manager of MS-DOS at Microsoft. "MS-DOS 6.2 will provide the Macintosh community with access to the tens of thousands of MS-DOS and Windows-based applications."
 Dual monitor support is designed to provide customers with the option of viewing the Macintosh and DOS environments at the same time, allowing the user to add the second display monitor without purchasing an additional video card. The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is expected to support most VGA, SVGA and multisync monitors as well as the Apple 14" or 16" Macintosh Color Displays.
 Apple expects the same hard drive to run Macintosh, MS-DOS or Windows applications and plans to offer an optional internal CD-ROM drive designed to run Macintosh, DOS and Windows CD-ROM discs, providing users with access to the hundreds of exciting CD-ROM titles currently available. In addition, Apple expects DOS and Windows applications to print to any Apple- or Macintosh-compatible printer through a built-in serial port or optional Ethernet port.
 Comparable in cost to most Macintosh- or DOS-only systems today, the Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is expected to be priced at a U.S. ApplePrice of less than $500 over the Quadra 610 model.
 Upgrade Information
 A DOS Compatibility Card for Macintosh is being planned for Quadra 610 and Centris 610 owners to upgrade for less than $500 in the U.S. Apple will provide pricing and availability information when the product is completed and ready for release.
 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 Quadra are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Intel486 is a trademark of Intel Corp. MS-DOS is a trademark of Microsoft, Corp.
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