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November 7, 1991


By CBR Staff Writer

Abacus Research & Development Inc, the Alberquerque, New Mexico start-up that is attempting to reverse-engineer the Apple Computer Inc Macintosh so that Unix machines can run shrink-wrapped Mac applications, is releasing Executor-MSW for NeXT Computer Inc’s machines in December. This enables Mac-format floppies to be used to transfer the Mac version of Microsoft Word 4.00D to NeXT boxes, on which Word files can then be edited and transferred to and from the Mac. It is the firm’s first step towards a full Mac emulator, which will cost $700 on the NeXT machines, though Abacus says it doesn’t yet know when this will be available, citing limited development resources, and is actively seeking new sources of venture funding to complete the job. If none is forthcoming, Abacus president Clifford Matthews says it will use profits from existing products to grow to the size it needs to be to finish the task.

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