“Panther is the fourth major release of Mac OS X in three years and we plan to reach 10 million active Mac OS X users this quarter, which is 40 percent of our entire installed base,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “This is a major milestone in the successful adoption of the world’s most advanced operating system.”
Developers including Microsoft, Adobe and Macromedia announced second or third generation products for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo, with many including “Mac-first” and “Mac OS X-only” features, while other companies joined the Apple developer community with new products supporting Mac OS X.
“Microsoft is thrilled to announce Office 2004, the most innovative version of Office yet, and our second release of Office for Mac OS X,” said Roz Ho, Microsoft’s general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit. “Office 2004 is packed with Mac-first features—some of which are not available on any other platform. We look forward to continuing our 20 year tradition of developing innovative products for the Mac with the upcoming release of Office 2004 and more in years to come.”
“Panther builds nicely on the fundamental strengths of stability and performance that Apple has established with the Mac OS X platform,” said Jack Moran, vice president of Product Development, Macromedia. “Macromedia delivers all of its core development products in Mac OS X versions to ensure our Mac developers and designers are running their development tools of choice on their platform of choice.”
“Adobe and Apple kick-started the desktop publishing revolution and today Adobe Creative Suite and Mac OS X are entrenched as mission critical platforms for creative professionals worldwide,” said Jim Heeger, senior vice president of Creative Professional Products at Adobe. “This week we announced InDesign CS PageMaker Edition, designed to take advantage of Mac OS X Panther and Apple’s latest Power Mac G5 Systems—and simply the easiest way to upgrade to a next-generation publishing platform.”
“We are looking forward to seeing the next generation of LEGO Interactive games appearing on the Mac platform,” said Garry Edwards, business development director for LEGO Interactive. “Macs offer a great gaming experience thanks to Apple’s cutting edge technology, support of high end graphics cards and their new Mac OS X Panther operating system.”
Mac OS X active user numbers are based on Apple estimates. Customers can search and learn more about the applications and software available on Mac OS X by using the online Macintosh Products Guide at http://guide.apple.com
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