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April 15, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lotus Development Corp has halted work on its 1-2-3 spreadsheet, its graphics, word processing and SmartSuite software titles for the Apple Computer Inc Power Macintosh according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper says that Lotus is continuing its work on the Macintosh versions of Notes and cc:Mail, its workgroup and electronic mail packages. An unnamed Lotus executive is quoted as saying there are too many changes at Apple right now with the transition to Power Mac and possible licensing of Mac operating software. Their technology direction just isn’t clear. The decision is not cast in stone, and Lotus is apparently just holding fire until the changes pan out. The move would be an undeniable blow to Apple which views the Power Macintoshes as a potent weapon to penetrate large corporate accounts. It would also increase the computer manufacturer’s reliance on Microsoft’s Corp’s applications division, which claims over 80% of the $1,080m Macintosh applications market, making the Microsoft division, at over $800m a year, a very big applications software company in its own right.

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