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NEW APPLE X.400 E-MAIL SERVER STRENGTHENS SUPPORT FOR MULTI-VENDOR, OPEN SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTS

Apple Announces Support For Both TCP/IP And OSI Transport Protocols
 ATLANTA, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its commitment to open systems, the Enterprise Systems Division (ESD) of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced its latest versions of MacX.400 electronic mail server products. The new software versions now offer both TCP/IP and OSI support. They provide enterprise networks and small departments with the flexibility to send messages from Macintosh computers to other computer platforms over the Internet and a variety of network environments.
 MacX.400 v.1.1, which can be connected to numerous X.400 servers, is a powerful solution for enterprise users, while MacX.400 SD (Single Domain) v.1.1 is an affordable X.400 solution optimized for smaller organizations and workgroups that need to communicate with only one X.400 server. Apple"s Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) transport, OSI Connection for Macintosh v.1.1, is included in MacX.400 v.1.1 and will also be available as a standalone product.
 "Apple intends to continue to provide messaging products that support multi-vendor systems-wide messaging and transport independence," said Apple's John Nauman, senior director of ESD's Integration Technologies Business Unit. "Our push to build the industry standard TCP/IP protocol into many of our connectivity products is just one example of Apple's drive to develop and implement robust networking solutions required by organizations today."
 Apple ESD is strengthening its move to transport independence with support for TCP/IP present in the MacX.400 and the new extensions to its Data Access Language (DAL) announced in May as well as other Apple connectivity products. MacX.400 v.1.1 is also part of the Systems Infrastructure environment, one of five environments of the Virtually Integrated Technical Architecture Lifecycle (VITAL) approach to systems design and integration. This environment addresses operating systems software, hardware and support organizations.
 The development of MacX.400 v.1.1 provides an extended architecture designed to allow "plug and play" of additional transports, such as dial-up X.400 messaging based on X.400 over ordinary telephone lines. This transport is currently under development by the Asynchronous Protocol Specification (APS) Alliance of which Apple is a member company.
 MacX.400 v.1.1 Product Family
 The MacX.400 products are designed to enable Macintosh users to send e-mail to recipients on other platforms connected to X.400 networks. Used together with an e-mail gateway, either server will distribute X.400 services to mail users over an AppleTalk network or other networks. That type of configuration is designed to allow the exchange of e-mail among recipients within a country or worldwide.
 Benefits of the latest 1.1 versions of MacX.400 and MacX.400 SD servers are quick installation and ease of use for network administrators. With these new versions, customers can run X.400 messaging applications over the Internet using their existing TCP/IP infrastructure. They also will support public X.400 services such as MCI, Sprint and IBM Advantis.
 OSI Connection for Macintosh v.1.1
 OSI Connection for Macintosh v.1.1 will be Apple's software platform for users and developers who want to extend the reach of their Macintosh computer applications to OSI environments. It will support the ISO Transport protocol that provides reliable end-to-end connections in multi-vendor environments and includes an RFC 1006 module. It allows OSI services like X.400 to run over TCP/IP networks. OSI Connection for Macintosh v.1.1 will facilitate the connection of the Macintosh computer to IEEE 802.3 Ethernet networks, and to X.25 networks when used in conjunction with MacX25. Additionally, OSI Connection for Macintosh v.1.1 is designed to be used for terminal emulation or file transfer over OSI networks.
 Third-Party Support
 The latest versions of MacX.400 and MacX.400 SD are open to third-party developers. The MacX.400 API is an easy-to-use software that is designed to allow programmers to implement X.400 gateways for existing e-mail systems and create X.400 user agents for the Macintosh computer. The API is the same for MacX.400 and MacX.400 SD servers.
 Gateways between MacX.400 v.1.1 and popular e-mail systems are available from third-party developers, including InterCon Systems Corporation of Herndon, Virginia, and StarNine Technologies, Inc. of Berkeley, Calif.
 "We are extremely pleased with the performance and stability of MacX.400 v.1.1 and expect it will be particularly valuable for PC and Macintosh users seeking enterprise-wide e-mail support," said Kurt Baumann, CEO of InterCon Systems Corp. "The added TCP/IP support should make it even easier to use a variety of avenues to reach the same e-mail environments and is an ideal platform to support value-added e-mail solutions."
 Rusty Rahm, president of StarNine, said, "We are excited about Apple's move to bring their X.400 message transfer agent to the mainstream of network transports. MacX.400 users will soon be able to benefit by Apple's ability to leverage the existing TCP/IP infrastructure."
 Pricing and Availability
 The MacX.400 SD v.1.1 server has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of US $2,950. The MacX.400 server v.1.1 is currently planned to carry a MSRP of US $4,950. The standalone version of OSI Connection for Macintosh v1.1 is expected to be available at a MSRP of US $199. All of the these products are scheduled to be available in the U.S. later this summer.
 Apple's products are sold in the United States through Apple authorized resellers and through Apple Direct. For information, contact the Apple Product Information Line at 800-SOS-APPL or the Apple Customer Assistance Center at 800-776-2333.
 Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. MacX.400 is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other companies and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
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