| 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
|MacWorld Expo/Tokyo '98 runs Feb. 18-21 at Makuhari Messe in
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
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
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.