CUPERTINO, California— March 21, 2001—Apple today announced that over 350 Mac OS X applications are shipping today, with hundreds more coming by this Summer. More than 10,000 developer organizations around the world are working on over 20,000 Mac OS X applications, including 4D, Aladdin Systems, Alias/Wavefront, Avid, Connectix, Dantz, Digidesign, EarthLink, FileMaker, IBM, Macromedia, Microsoft, MYOB, Palm, Sun, Symantec, and Thursby Software Systems.
“4D, Inc. is passionate about insuring that our software works with and takes advantage of all of the new benefits and features that Mac OS X will provide,” said Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc. “The enhancements provided by Mac OS X will allow both the 4D and WebSTAR product lines to really show what they are capable of and provide better performance, speed, and stability.”
“Having shipped StuffIt Deluxe 6.0 as a Mac OS X application shows Aladdin’s continued commitment to providing the Macintosh community with the best Internet experience possible,” said Jonathan Kahn CEO of Aladdin Systems. “We are excited about the release of Mac OS X, and look forward to offering all of our award-winning software solutions for the new operating system.”
“We’re excited for the public unveiling of Apple’s Mac OS X, and we expect that people will appreciate its power and elegance as much as we have in our opportunities to preview it,” said Bill Heys, executive vice president at EarthLink. “As Apple’s preferred ISP, we’re committed to supporting Mac OS X fully, developing software that takes full advantage of its new capabilities, and integrating it with the OS interface as seamlessly as possible.”
“Mac OS X represents a leap forward which will enable a new generation of phenomenal Macintosh applications,” said Dominique Goupil, FileMaker president. “FileMaker is very excited about the user experience we will be able to deliver based on the vivid Aqua interface and other Mac OS X features.”
“IBM has worked closely with Apple to integrate its award-winning ViaVoice speech-recognition software with the Macintosh,” said Krishna Nathan, Director, Consumer Voice Systems, IBM Voice Systems. “Last year, IBM delivered the first continuous speech recognition program for the Macintosh. IBM’s current plan is to deliver IBM ViaVoice for the new Mac OS X platform in US English later this year, and is evaluating European and Japanese IBM ViaVoice solutions for the new operating system.”
“As a longtime supporter and partner of Apple, Macromedia is excited by today’s release of Mac OS X, which brings our developer community an impressive new platform upon which to create effective, user experiences for the Web,” said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO, Macromedia. “Macromedia is committed to bringing our market-leading Web authoring product line to Mac OS X, beginning with the next release of FreeHand, to ensure our Mac developers can help define what the Web can be on their platform of choice.”
“Microsoft congratulates Apple on shipping Mac OS X, the rock-solid new foundation our Macintosh customers have been waiting for,” said Kevin Browne, general manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit. “Customers will find a native version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac Preview Release installed with Mac OS X, and Microsoft looks forward to providing a great native version of Microsoft Office 10 for Mac OS X this fall.”
“Palm is hard at work on new versions of Palm Desktop and HotSync manager for the Mac OS X platform,” said Satjiv Chahil, chief marketing officer and interim general manager of Individual Solutions Group at Palm, Inc. “We are committed to bringing all the performance and innovation benefits of Mac OS X to Palm handheld customers worldwide.”
“Combining the Java 2 platform with Apple’s Mac OS X makes an already sensational platform spectacular,” said Rich Green, vice president and general manager of Java Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Mac OS X expands the Java platform’s value proposition, making Apple users equal participants in the universe of web-deployed graphical desktop applications.”
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