Apple moved a step nearer towards joining the Internet community as it announced support for the Internet Mail Access Protocol (Imap) in future generations of the Mac OS. The move also strengthens speculation that Sun is set to sign a strategic agreement with Apple. Scott McNealy, chief executive of Sun, was scathing about Microsoft and Intel earlier this week but the Mips division of Sun could be a successful platform for a revamped operating system.
Larry Tesler, vice president of the Applenet division, said that client/server mail based on the point of presence (POP) protocol is becoming pervasive - Although he hit out at POP, saying it did not match earlier and better systems.
It will now strike strategic relationships with a number of developers to build these protocols into the next version of the Mac OS. This marks a further move away from the PowerPC platform and towards an operating system that uses a microkernel and scalable technology, meaning Apple can join the mainstream players including Microsoft and Intel.
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