Apple is to embark on a major product overhaul, designing a completely new operating system for a line of computers to be launched as early as 1998. The plan was unveiled late last week by Apple chief Gil Amelio to investors at the American Electronics Association conference in Monterey, California, according to the Reuters News Service. It is not known what form the new software will take, but it is expected to "completely change the way" people use computers. Amelio acknowledged that Apple, as a minority player, needs to do something radical if it is to beat Microsoft. He claimed that the new operating system would thrash Windows.
The champagne's on Select Software Tools. A successful flotation on the US-based NASDAQ national market means the UK software tools company, which was founded in Cheltenham, is now valued on paper at over $230 million (u143 million). Stuart Frost set up Select in 1988 at the age of 26. He saw a market for low cost CASE tools. According to the company, it now has over 25,000 Select installations worldwide. Frost was also behind the company's move into technologies such as Rumbaugh's Object Modelling Technique and the Jacobson Use Case technique which are today the dominant object-oriented modelling approaches.
Sun is putting the finishing touches to a new version of IMAP4 Email server. Due to ship next quarter, the Solstice Internet Mail 2.0 server will support Windows 95 clients as well as numerous Post Office Protocol 3 clients, including Eudora, and provides full SMTP and Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension connectivity. Pricing for the server and 50 clients will be $795 (u530). In the coming months, SunSoft will be delivering fully-supported Internet Messaging Access Protocol clients, as will other software vendors. Microsoft and Lotus are preparing future versions of Exchange and Notes, respectively, that support IMAP4. IMAP4 compliance is significant because it stores Email on an Internet server, allowing local and remote users to access their Email from a server.
Inflamed by the activities of software pirates, Microsoft is to have its revenge tonight. The company is providing the bonfire for the Clapham Common Guy Fawkes firework display. To ensure no one misses the point about piracy, the huge bonfire will consist of thousands of copies of pirated computer software, though that's still only a fraction of the software illegally copied each year in the UK, Microsoft claims.
Some mothers do 'ave 'em Microsoft chums Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have between them donated $25 million (u17 million) to Harvard University. What a generous gesture that is. The money will be spent on a new computer science building, to be named in honour of their mothers. Some of you may know that Gates and Ballmer both attended Harvard, but that Gates dropped out before completing his studies to set up Microsoft. Maybe he's been feeling guilty all these years and this is his way of saying sorry.
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