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Additional Office 10/.NET information

07/19, 11:25pm

Additional Office 10/.NET information

eWeek has published an interview with Microsoft's Kevin Browne that provides additional information regarding Office 10 and .NET on OS X. Most interestingly, Browne hinted at two versions of future versions of Office, one supporting .NET and one not including .NET services:

Browne said that the current plan -- and this could change -- was for the MacBU to develop and offer two versions of Office. "You could buy the full-price, non-connected Office," he said, or a .Net version that would be less expensive initially and boast the "extra functionality" that .Net services would offer (just what those functions might be are still just general concepts at this stage). Microsoft has not yet announced what its pricing structure or revenue plans would be for .Net services.

OS X 10.1 not to be free download

07/19, 9:55pm

OS X 10.1 not to be free download

Although this is still officially unconfirmed with Apple, some Apple representative on the show floor have stated that it is unlikely that OS X 10.1 will be available as a free download, as the update is extremely large in size. Mac OS X 10.1 will not be an upgrade CD, but rather a full OS install, as Apple has updated nearly every component of the system software and bundled apps.

MWNY Hardware report

07/19, 9:30pm

MWNY Hardware report

 We've published an additional feature article that covers some of the most interesting hardware being demonstrated at the Macworld show floor.

Graphics Presence at MWNY 2001

07/19, 9:20pm

Graphics Presence at MWNY 2001

 We continue our Macworld 2001 coverage with a feature article on the graphics presence at the show.

MWNY: Belkin announces 4-Port USB Switch

07/19, 7:35pm

MWNY: Belkin announces 4-Port USB Switch

Belkin has introduced a 4-Port USB Switch, a $40 device that allows up to four USB-enabled desktop or notebook computers to share any USB device. The front of the hub features a pushbutton port selector and illuminated LEDs, which show the user the port-selection status. Users can also connect a USB hub to the switch that allows multiple devices to be shared between the four computers. Belkin's 4-Port USB Switch is compatible with both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices and will ship on August 1st.

MacNN meets with Microsoft: Office 10, more

07/19, 7:25pm

MacNN meets with Microsoft: Office 10, more

Earlier today, MacNN met with officials from Microsoft's Mac Business Unit. We've compiled a report based on our discussion, including information about Office 10, support for Classic, and the future of Outlook Express.

MacNN meets with Microsoft: Office 10, more

07/19, 7:20pm

MacNN meets with Microsoft: Office 10, more

Earlier today, MacNN met with officials from Microsoft's Mac Business Unit. We've compiled a report based on our discussion, including information about Office 10, support for Classic, and the future of Outlook Express.

Netscape Communicator 4.78 released

07/19, 7:05pm

Netscape Communicator 4.78 released

Netscape Communicator 4.78, a new version of the venerable Web browser, is now available. The new version is a maintenance update that fixes several bugs and adds some minor improvements. (VT)

Apple\'s shares fall below $20

07/19, 6:55pm

Apple\'s shares fall below $20

Shares of Apple's stock have fallen below $20 after peaking at around $25 earlier this week. The stock dropped heavily in after-hours trading on Tuesday, and continued its fall as investors reacted to the company's earnings statement and Steve Jobs' keynote. Volume on the stock today was more than twice the average, with 15,387,500 shares changing hands.

MWNY: Peripherals and development tools

07/19, 6:25pm

MWNY: Peripherals and development tools

MacNN correspondent David Underwood reports on two hardware peripherals—Epson's wireless network printing adapter and NVIDIA's GeForce3 graphics card—attracting lots of attention at this year's show, as well as software development tools REALbasic and JBuilder.

Jobs on Apple, IBM, Motorola partnership

07/19, 6:00pm

Jobs on Apple, IBM, Motorola partnership

Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained to analysts during its semi-annual financial analyst meeting this week that the company's relationship with both Motorola and IBM, which supplies the chips for Apple's computers, is still very strong and that the two companies are making sound progress in increasing the speed and performance of new processors, as evidenced by new Power Mac G4s ranging in speed from 733 to 867 MHz, compared to prior chips ranging in speed from 466 to 733 MHz. Apple made an attempt to debunk the megahertz myth during the Macworld Expo keynote by bringing on stage Jon Rubinstein, Apple's Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, to explain the differences in design between the G4 and competing processors.

Michael Dell: CE\'s CEO of the Year

07/19, 5:45pm

Michael Dell: CE\'s CEO of the Year

Chief Executive Magazine has named Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Computer, as CEO of the Year. In choosing the winner, judges looked at both traditional measures, such as outstanding and sustained financial performance, managerial excellence and leadership vision, as well as the ability to inspire loyalty and to innovate and adapt to change. The company has sustained long-term profitability, but in recent times has laid off thousands of employees and announced today that it will take a $700 million charge for the layoffs.

MWNY Gallery VI

07/19, 5:39pm

MWNY Gallery VI

We've posted another show-floor gallery showing some more graphics and hardware from the show floor.

CDW reports Q2 profit of $43 million

07/19, 5:25pm

CDW reports Q2 profit of $43 million

CDW Computer Centers has reported a profit of $43 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for its second quarter on sales of $955 million, an increase of 5 percent over the year-ago quarter. Software, input devices, printers, data storage devices, video and network communication products were the company's fastest-growing product categories.

Clearance sale on FireWire enclosures

07/19, 5:20pm

Clearance sale on FireWire enclosures

FireWire Depot is having a clearance sale on its non-Oxford 911 FireWire enclosures. The company will soon be receiving the new MP 2.5" and 3.5" eDrive enclosures using the Oxford 911 chip.

Microsoft Presentation gallery

07/19, 5:10pm

Microsoft Presentation gallery

We have published a gallery showing Microsoft's keynote on Office 10 for Mac OS X delivered by Kevin Browne this morning.

MP3 Rage 3.6 improves ID3 tag support, more

07/19, 5:10pm

MP3 Rage 3.6 improves ID3 tag support, more

Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 3.6, a new version of its collection of tools for MP3 enthusiasts. Version 3.6 adds support for ID3v2.4 tags, support for stripping diacritics and removing non-standard characters when renaming files and support for live window resizing on Mac OS X.

MWNY: Graphics Field Report

07/19, 4:45pm

MWNY: Graphics Field Report

Although graphics leader Adobe is missing from this year's show, there are a number of notable announcements in the graphics field.

Microsoft Presentation Coverage

07/19, 3:55pm

Microsoft Presentation Coverage

 We have published in-depth coverage of Kevin Browne's Feature Presentation of Office 10 for Mac OS X. [feature story updated 5:15 PM]

Microsoft Keynote Coverage: Office 10

07/19, 3:55pm

Microsoft Keynote Coverage: Office 10

 We have published in-depth coverage of Kevin Browne's Feature Presentation on Office 10 for Mac OS X. [feature story updated 5:15]

Drop Drawers 1.5.7: system util updated

07/19, 1:55pm

Drop Drawers 1.5.7: system util updated

Sig Software's Drop Drawers 1.5.7 for OS X and Mac OS 8/9 is a maintenance release to its user-interface enhancement which provides floating drawers on the sides of monitors to "store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else." [Classic, Carbon]

MWNY: Apple\'s Macworld coverage posted

07/19, 1:30pm

MWNY: Apple\'s Macworld coverage posted

Apple has posted their own Macworld NY 2001 coverage, including picture galleries, movies of Mac OS X vendors and the demonstration of ViaVoice for Mac OS X.

Apple outlines technology in education vision

07/19, 1:20pm

Apple outlines technology in education vision

During yesterday's financial analyst meeting, Apple VP of Education Cheryl Vedoe outlined the company's vision for technology in education and its plans to put solutions in the hands of teachers, students and administrators. Other reports from the meeting include debunking of Apple handheld rumors, plans to expand its ISP partnership program internationally, an outline of reasons for the Cube's failure, early shipment of new iMacs to retailers and new details on sales and statistics at the Apple retail stores.

Magma selected for Apple PSP program

07/19, 1:20pm

Magma selected for Apple PSP program

Magma has announced that Apple has selected it to be included in the Proprietary Solutions Provider (PSP) program, a group of Apple systems resellers selected on "the basis of their experience in the Apple marketplace, the value of their complementary proprietary systems, and their ability to meet Apple Quality Standards." Magma produces PCI expansion chassis devices, often bundled with Apple systems.

XonX 1.1a1 adds rootless, new build support

07/19, 1:15pm

XonX 1.1a1 adds rootless, new build support

XonX 1.0a1, a project to integrate XFree86 into OS X, adds rootless support and support for the latest Xfree86 CVS build (as of 7/15). This alpha release will allow users to preview features that will be rolled into the next major release of Xfree86, version 4.2. Users must have a working Xfree86 4.1 installation to use the preview release.

Lexmark offers OS X print drivers

07/19, 1:00pm

Lexmark offers OS X print drivers

Lexmark has announced Mac OS X drivers for its entire line of Macintosh-compatible monochrome and color laser and multifunction printers (MFPs), including the T522 and T622 monochrome laser printers and its X522 Series MFP. The new drivers can be downloaded immediately from http://drivers.lexmark.com.

Dialpad, telephony tool, comes to OS X

07/19, 12:50pm

Dialpad, telephony tool, comes to OS X

MacNN reader Rocke Woelk reports that Dialpad communications is has made its popular Windows telephony tool available for Mac OS X. The new program, dubbed dialpadX, allows users to avoid long distance call charges by using their Mac as a telephone.

Jobs dodges rumor of flat-panel iMacs

07/19, 12:45pm

Jobs dodges rumor of flat-panel iMacs

Apple indicated yesterday during its financial analyst meeting that it began shipping the new 500 and 600 MHz iMacs to retailers last week and thus the machines should be available during this week. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also dodged a question regarding flat-panel iMacs but said that the company is working towards smaller, slimmer machines and reiterated the company's commitment to LCD displays, as evidenced by its move to an all-LCD display lineup earlier this year. Jobs also praised the environmental friendliness of LCDs over CRTs, saying that he found it plausible that the government would step in to hold CRT display manufacturers accountable for the amount of lead contained within the products.

MWNY: LaCie ships Super DLT2000 backup drive

07/19, 12:35pm

MWNY: LaCie ships Super DLT2000 backup drive

LaCie is now shipping its new Super DLT220 drive, which provides a native capacity of 110GB (220GB compressed) and a transfer rate of 11MB/sec. The $5,000, fast-SCSI drive is bundled with Retrospect Server software and a 5-client license. Additional 110/220GB cartridges are $160.

MWNY: MacPlay to bring Giants to OS X only

07/19, 11:55am

MWNY: MacPlay to bring Giants to OS X only

Mac game publisher MacPlay has made several announcements today, including three classic Activision titles, release dates for several games and a surprise announcement that one of its titles will likely become the first commercial game released exclusively for Mac OS X.

Virtual PC for OS X follow-up

07/19, 11:50am

Virtual PC for OS X follow-up

We've posted a follow-up article detailing performance, shipping, functionality, and other issues regarding to Connectix's newly released Virtual PC for OS X Test Drive, which is available as a free download for Virtual PC 4 owners.

Virtual PC for OS X follow-up

07/19, 11:50am

Virtual PC for OS X follow-up

We've posted a follow-up article detailing performance, shipping, functionality, and other issues regarding Connectix's newly released Virtual PC for OS X Test Drive, which is available as a free download for Virtual PC 4 owners.

MWNY: Office 10 upgrade pricing

07/19, 11:40am

MWNY: Office 10 upgrade pricing

Microsoft mentioned today that owners of any component of Microsoft Office:2001 (even just the individual applications) would be eligible for the special upgrade pricing of $149 for the full Office 10 for Mac OS X package. Office 10 will not be available for Mac OS 9.

MWNY: Steve Jobs misses CNBC, CNN appearances

07/19, 11:35am

MWNY: Steve Jobs misses CNBC, CNN appearances

Several readers note that Apple CEO Steve Jobs skipped scheduled post-keynote TV appearances yesterday on PowerLunch on CNBC and Lou Dobbs MoneyLine on CNN. Jobs arrived at the company's semi-annual financial analyst meeting yesterday, which was being held in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, towards the end of the meeting during the Q&A session.

MWNY: Mac OS 9.2 unavailable

07/19, 11:10am

MWNY: Mac OS 9.2 unavailable

Although Apple's Mac OS 9 page has all but been taken offline, the OS 9.2 update is nowhere to be found. However, Apple reps have confirmed that OS 9.2 will be shipping on at least the new PowerMacs and any PowerBooks after this date (shipping system software for iMacs and iBooks is unconfirmed, although Apple's Hardware Developer Documentation lists them as OS 9.1). While it has been previously speculated that OS 9.2 would mainly be a maintenance upgrade to improve Mac OS X integration, Apple reps. revealed that OS 9.2 is basically a maintenance update more for OS X 10.1, not even 10.0.4, although it should run as the Classic Environment in 10.0.4. Although OS 9.2 will be shipping on the new machines, it will not be available for download until the OS X 10.1 update has shipped.

XLR8 MACh Speed Control 2.5 released

07/19, 10:45am

XLR8 MACh Speed Control 2.5 released

XLR8 has updated MACh Speed Control, its utility for optimizing cache and throughput functionality on accelerator cards, to version 2.5. Available in both Classic and Carbon flavors, the new release provides automatic cache profiling and initialization at start-up as well as important system tuning that the company says will help to improve overall stability. Version 2.5 is also the first release that will require users to enter a valid XLR8 serial number.

OS X: Microsoft announcements, ThinkFree...

07/19, 10:45am

OS X: Microsoft announcements, ThinkFree...

osx.macnn.com has news of Carbonized versions of Microsoft's Office 10, MSN Messenger 2.0, and Windows Media Player as well as ThinkFree productivity suite for OS X, Lexmark print drivers, a new SETI@Home client, and a roundup of the "Ten for X", which dicusses the ten applications previewed for OS X at Jobs keynote yesterday.

Eye-One to support OS X, free upgrade

07/19, 10:15am

Eye-One to support OS X, free upgrade

GretagMacbeth has announced OS X compatibility for Eye-One, its software/hardware color management solution that is available in three configurations. It creates profiles for all types of devices, including flat panel displays. A free upgrade to the OS X version is expected to be available online shortly, while Eye-One Share (freeware) for Mac OS 9 offers the ability to create color non-standard RGB and CMYK color palettes, import routines for popular design applications, and color-matching tools.

ThinkFree for OS X: open-source app suite

07/19, 10:15am

ThinkFree for OS X: open-source app suite

ThinkFree is previewing ThinkFree Office for OS X, a suite of Microsoft Office-compatible productivity products built on an open-source UNIX foundation. The Java- and Internet-based suite includes 'Write' (described as a WYSIWYG Microsoft Word compatible word processor/HTML editor), Calc (an Excel compatible spreadsheet), Show (presentation graphics program), and Webtop (file manager for navigating and managing documents in local folders). ThinkFree 1.5b35 is available as a set of JVM apps with a Classic client. The preview version of ThinkFree Office for Mac OS X will be available to users at the end of August for $50 per user, per year. [updated]

New SETI@Home for OS X v3.05 client

07/19, 9:45am

New SETI@Home for OS X v3.05 client

The University of California, Berkeley has released a new SETI@Home for OSX v3.05 client, a screen saver that downloads small packets of radio signal data from Berkeley, processes the data, and then sends it back. [Join Team MacNN and check out the discussion]

Office 10, MSN Messenger, WMP for OS X

07/19, 9:45am

Office 10, MSN Messenger, WMP for OS X

Microsoft today previewed Office 10 for OS X, a new Carbonized version of the popular productivity suite due out later this fall. It also introduced Windows Media Player for OS X due out later this year and MSN 2.0 Messenger, a Carbonized version of its messaging client that offers integration with Microsoft Passport (member services, forgotten passwords, online wallet) and Microsoft .NET Alerts (upcoming alert service).

Analyst says Apple managing well

07/19, 9:40am

Analyst says Apple managing well

In an interview with financial analysis network ON24, Gerard Klauer Mattison Research Analyst David Bailey discusses Apple's Q3 results and its future in the market. In the interview, Bailey says that Apple is "managing operations extremely well."

Slate article discussing Jobs\' stock options

07/19, 9:15am

Slate article discussing Jobs\' stock options

An article in Slate discusses the worth of Steve Jobs' stock options, which were granted to Apple's CEO last year, in addition to a Gulf Stream V jet, by the company's board. The report explains how Jobs' options are essentially worth nothing, presently, since they were issued when Apple's stock was above $40.

MWNY: MYTV2GO shipping, to support OSX

07/19, 8:15am

MWNY: MYTV2GO shipping, to support OSX

Eskape Labs's MyTV2GO began shipping late last month to select CompUSA stores. The $100 entry-level USB device allows Mac users to watch TV in a resizable window or as full screen video using a built-in 125-channel, cable ready TV tuner.

MS Keyswap 1.0d3: swap keys on MS keyboards

07/19, 7:55am

MS Keyswap 1.0d3: swap keys on MS keyboards

Alessandro Levi Montalcini has uploaded a free early beta version of his OS X key-swapping driver for Microsoft USB keyboards, MS Keyswap 1.0d3, which swaps the Windows and Alt keys so "that their physical locations match the Command and Option keys on Apple keyboards. All the current Microsoft USB keyboards should be supported."

Oratorio 1.0 for churches and musicians

07/19, 7:50am

Oratorio 1.0 for churches and musicians

Saguaro Studios is shipping Oratorio 1.0, a $50 application designed for churches and church musicians, which combines a music library with presentation abilities, allowing users to "assemble visuals for a complete service or event within minutes." The OS X-compatible application includes 100 public-domain hymns and supports XML file formats. [Classic, Carbon]

Iconfactory updates Mac icons, posts OS X set

07/19, 7:45am

Iconfactory updates Mac icons, posts OS X set

Smoothicons 3 for OS X is a new Iconfactory set that includes the "2001 iBook, the 'new' G4 tower, invaluable disk icons and more." (An updated Smoothicons 2 set for Classic is also available.)

ClipCleaner 1.0b4: new functions in free util

07/19, 7:35am

ClipCleaner 1.0b4: new functions in free util

ClipCleaner 1.0b4, an update to the freeware utility for cleaning up clipboard text, adds "reverse cleaners" to remove ligatures, new strip styles and strip HTML clearns, and has other improvements.

Older 500 MHz iMac available in Europe also

07/19, 7:30am

Older 500 MHz iMac available in Europe also

As noted yesterday, some "education Macs" are only available to education customers, including an older 500MHz iMac and a 533MHz desktop G4. Michael Kleinert also notes that Apple Germany and Apple UK also carry the older 500-MHz iMac model: "We have another one with 64MB RAM and CD-ROM and ATI RAGE 128 Pro (8MB). And it comes in Indigo only. see [Germany Website] or [UK Website]"

FlightMath 2.0: flight calculations for OS X

07/19, 7:10am

FlightMath 2.0: flight calculations for OS X

TriVectus has released FlightMath 2.0, an OS X utility for performing flight calculations, including density altitude and wind correction angles, and performs fuel consumption and temperature conversion calculations. It also says it is working on an OS X native version of its LaunchKey 4.0 automation tool, which is due out later this year.

New OS X screen saver modules

07/19, 7:10am

New OS X screen saver modules

TriVectus Clock and TriVectus Gravity are two new OpenGL screen saver modules for OS X. [Clock, Gravity]

MWNY: New dev. notes: 9.2 to ship with G4

07/19, 7:10am

MWNY: New dev. notes: 9.2 to ship with G4

Larry Wong notes that the Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) will ship with the (yet-announced) Mac OS 9.2 while the new iMacs (Summer 2001) will ship with Mac OS 9.1, according to the recently posted Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) and iMac (Summer 2001) developer notes. Both models will also ship with OS X, but will have OS 9 as the default startup. [PMG4: pdf, HTML; iMac: pdf, HTML]

Roundup: Mac OS X 10.1, new G4s, new iMacs

07/19, 2:30am

Roundup: Mac OS X 10.1, new G4s, new iMacs

During yesterday's keynote at Macworld, Apple introduced Mac OS X 10.1, new "QuickSilver" Power Mac G4s, speed-bumped CD-RW iMacs and iDVD 2. Other reports included ten major applications for Mac OS X, Macworld photo galleries, Contour's MiniPRO Ti optical mouse, Nova's Print Explosion Deluxe, Apple's "Elope" TV ad, new Epson scanners, Microsoft's removal of Java from Windows XP, FileMaker 5.5 Server, GameRanger for Mac OS X, low-end iMac and Power Mac G4 models for education, the removal of ATI from Power Mac G4 BTO options, Apple's stock price drop, ATI's Radeon VE Mac Edition, REALbasic 3.5, Media 100's Cleaner 5, new Apple rebates, NVIDIA's TwinView for the Mac, Corel's Painter 7, The Sims for Mac OS X, SmartDisk's FireLite, Quicken 2002 for Mac OS X and a new iMac processor upgrade. Software releases included Toast 5 Titanium for OS X Preview #1, Virtual PC for OS X Test Drive and Airburst 1.0.

Ten major apps for OS X

07/19, 12:15am

Ten major apps for OS X

 We have published an in-depth commentary and wrap-up of the ten major applications ("Ten for X") that were demonstrated for Mac OS X during Steve Jobs' keynote.

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