Applix Inc, Boston, Massachusetts, has ported its office automation software, Alis, to the Intel 80386 with claims that it is the first true 32-bit application available on the processor. It adds that this implementation will take advantage of the 386’s processing speed, address space and multitasking capabilities. The system is priced according to the number of users and hardware used. A single-user desktop licence costs $1,945. Since you would also have to have a single-user Unix licence – typically $1,000, and Intel’s 1Mb 80386 upgrade board for 8088-based Personals is only $1,000, Applix may find that price is much too high.
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