In spite of defecting to the Microsoft Corp camp, Apple Computer Inc software development tools company Metrowerks Inc has finalized an agreement to provide new software and development tools for the transition to Apple’s new operating system, Rhapsody. Austin, Texas-based Metrowerks, which announced its formerly Apple-only CodeWarrier toolset is now available for Windows 95 and NT (CI No 3,041), will deliver a Rhapsody-hosted version of CodeWarrior and introduce CodeWarrior Latitude to enable developers to translate from the current Macintosh Operating System applications to the new Rhapsody version. CodeWarrior Latitude is set to be released later in the year and comes as a result of Metrowerks acquisition of Mountain View, California-based Latitude Group Inc. Metrowerks now has access to the company’s conversion libraries that will enable programmers to transfer applications written in Mac operating system applications, using the Mac OS application operating interface, Mac App and PowerPlant, and link them with the Latitude library, enabling users to work within Rhapsody without having to rewrite their code. Metrowerks president and chief technology officer, Greg Galanos says the agreement between the two companies is a reflection of our intent to work closely together to the benefit of the Macintosh developer community. Metrowerks intends to provide users with as smooth transition as possible from the Mac OS to Rhapsody. Over the coming months the company will introduce a number of tools and debuggers which will be followed Objective C support being added to CodeWarrior C compiler by May, at the Apple World-wide developers Conference. Metrowerks will then implement interoperability between Objective C, C++ and Object Pascal objects by September. The release of the CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment will coincide with Apple’s Premier release of Rhapsody.