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April 27, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Apple Computer Inc, determined to become a force in the corporate client-server market, has won an agreement with Novell Inc for a native version of NewWare 4.0 for the PowerPC RISC. The product, NetWare on Workgroup Servers is expected to ship from Apple late in 1994. It will support both NetWare and AppleTalk protocols. Getting NetWare on its servers will help Apple to penetrate conservative sites, particularly if it can demonstrate a power-performance improvement against iAPX-86-based systems. And if the rest of the strategy pays off, Apple may find its way eased onto the corporate desktop: for the first time, Macs will have officially supported NetWare protocols running on the desktop. The two say that they will also implement the NetWare Core Protocol for Macs using the Open Transport Communications Architecture. The client will run over IPX/SPX or TCP/IP, so that Macintosh computers can be managed and administered from NetWare alongside iAPX-86 ones. A Macintosh, controllable from NetWare and able to run Windows applications (thanks to SoftPC) could soften the heart of the bitterest corporate Macophobe. The pair will also integrate Novell’s NetWare Directory Services, Message Handling Service and Apple’s Open Collaboration Environment, including PowerTalk client products.

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