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18-Feb-98

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  • Japanese Mac OS 8.1, CPU Upgrade Cards at MacWorld Tokyo
  • February 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Japanese version of Mac OS 8.1, announced on Feb. 12 by Apple Computer Japan Inc., and upgrade cards that incorporate the PowerPC 750 are among the highlights at MacWorld Expo/Tokyo 1998.
    MacWorld Expo/Tokyo '98 runs Feb. 18-21 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture.

    The full-install version of the Japanese Mac OS 8.1 will be released nationwide in early March at a price of 24,000 yen (US$190). Upgrade CDs for existing customers will be sold directly by Apple Japan from version 8.1. Upgrades were previously distributed by Claris K.K. of Japan.

    The U.S. version of the Mac OS 8.1 was shipped in early February, preceded by the Mac OS 8.1 Update, which began distribution on Jan. 19. Arriving less than 30 days after its U.S. counterpart, the Japanese product was available at an early date. Enhancements to the Japanese version largely follow those of the U.S. version.

    Other attractions at this year's show will be PowerPC 750 upgrade cards. Newer Technology Inc., a U.S. company, will have a full line of PowerPC 750 cards on display at Media Vision Inc.'s booth. Newer Technology plans to exhibit a complete range of cards for PCI Macintosh computers, as well as for NuBus Macs and PowerBooks.

    Interware Co., Ltd., a Japanese company, will have PowerPC 750 cards on display at its booth. In addition to the PCI cards already shipped, Interware plans to show prototypes for the PowerBook 1400.

    Benjamin Waldman of Microsoft Corp. is expected to make a guest appearance and deliver a keynote speech. Waldman is the development team leader for Office '98 for the Macintosh.

    Some of the leading Microsoft team members involved in developing the Internet Explorer (IE) and other Internet-related software for the Macintosh will attend the show. A Japanese version of IE 4.0 will likely be announced at the event.



    (Nikkei MAC)


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