Apple has decided to swallow up most of the products of its Claris software arm, drop the brand name and lay off 300 employees.
Under the new guise of Filemaker Inc., the former Claris operation will only retain its database package FileMaker Pro. Retail versions of Mac OS 8 and the ClarisWorks productivity suite will be absorbed into Apple. Some 300 people will be made redundant.
"Apple will be responsible for all Apple-branded software," said Fred Anderson chief financial officer at Apple. "Apple will also develop, distribute, and support the award-winning Claris Works software."
According to Silicon Valley rumours, the decision is a compromise by Apple after it proved unable to offload FileMaker Pro onto another company. Both Oracle and Microsoft are said to have been offered the software.
Claris was founded in 1987 as an Apple software subsidiary. Plans to take it public in 1990 were halted by the then Apple management. The subsidiary has been one of the few profitable parts of Apple in recent years, with sales of $91.1 million in the final quarter of last year.
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