Despite the woes of its parent, Apple software subsidiary Claris has reported its best ever year and twentieth consecutive profitable quarter.
The record results were achieved on the back of the popularity of the Mac operating system.
For fiscal year 97, the company's annual revenue rose to $282 million (#176 million), up 19% from last year's results of $236 million. Quarterly results for the fourth quarter, which ended September 26, were also at record levels. Revenue for the fourth quarter rose 61% to $91.1 million, compared to $56.6 million in 1996.
Claris attributes its record revenues to what the company described as "outstanding sales of MacOS 8". According to Claris, since the new Apple operating system was released in July, it has shipped 2 million seats worldwide. This makes MacOS 8 the best-selling new Mac operating system in history.
"MacOS 8 is a very strong product," commented James Silcock, marketing manager at Claris. He believes that users are buying the upgrade to obtain new features such as the multi-threaded Finder. "This is positive news," he said.
Silcock also claimed Claris has been doing "exceptionally well" with its FileMaker Pro database product, particularly the Windows version.
Revenue from the Windows product grew by 52% year on year. Silcock believes that the attraction of FileMaker Pro on Windows over competing database tools like Microsoft Access is ease of use. "People find Access very complex. FileMaker is the missing member of the MS Office suite."
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