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Apple Announces AppleWorks 6.1 With Exclusive Edition for Educators

CUPERTINO, California — April 4, 2001 — Apple® today announced AppleWorks® 6.1, an update to Apple’s award-winning integrated productivity application. AppleWorks 6.1 now features DataViz MacLinkPlus translators allowing users to easily view, modify, share and exchange Microsoft Office documents. A special edition of AppleWorks 6.1 exclusively for educators features support for both Mac® and Windows computers.

“AppleWorks is the ideal productivity application for education, with features designed specifically for teachers and students,” said Cheryl Vedoe, Apple’s vice president of Education Marketing and Solutions. “With support for both Mac and Windows machines and translators for Word and Excel, AppleWorks now has even greater flexibility for use in schools.”

AppleWorks 6.1, available for Mac® OS 9 and in a Mac OS X preview version, is perfect for schools with mixed platform environments. Teachers and students can now create and access files from almost any computer at home or in school. In addition to supporting both Mac and Windows platforms and easy exchange with Microsoft Word and Excel users, AppleWorks 6.1 also works well in TCP/IP, AppleTalk®, and Novell networked environments.

AppleWorks 6.1 provides educators with the building blocks to create multimedia curricula and resources for students to express their ideas most effectively. It combines word processing, page layout, image manipulation, spreadsheets, databases and presentations in a single application. AppleWorks 6.1 also includes a library of Internet based education-specific templates, designed by educators.

System Requirements and Availability
Minimum system requirements to run AppleWorks 6.1 for the Mac: Mac OS 8.1 or later, a PowerPC-equipped Mac, 24MB of physical RAM with virtual memory set to at least 25MB, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, QuickTime™ and an optional Internet connection for accessing Internet-based templates.

Minimum system requirements to run AppleWorks 6.1 for the PC: PC with a Pentium processor running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME with 32 MB of physical RAM, CD-ROM, Internet Explorer 5 and QuickTime.

An updater is available immediately as a free download to all Mac users currently running AW 6.0.4. The updater includes a special preview version of AppleWorks 6.1 for Mac OS X. A retail package including versions for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X operating systems is expected to be available in spring 2001.

Education orders for AppleWorks 6.1 are now being taken with shipment expected in May. AppleWorks 6.1 is available to U.S. educators through Apple’s direct distribution program. More information is available at 800-800-APPL or www.apple.com/education/k12/products/appleworks.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.

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