Apple Drops WebObjects License Price From $50,000 to $699
New Version to be Entirely Java-Based
WWDC, SAN JOSE, California-May 15, 2000-Apple today unveiled aggressive
new pricing for its industry-leading WebObjects web application server
software, and also revealed that the next version of WebObjects will be
written entirely in Java. Starting today, customers can purchase a complete
solution for developing and deploying WebObjects applications for $699.
This new price includes both the award-winning WebObjects developer tools
and a high-end deployment license which allows unlimited usage on one
server, which together were previously priced at over $50,000.
Later this year, Apple will ship WebObjects 5 for Java, which will be built
using 100 percent pure Java technology. WebObjects 5 for Java will enable
Internet developers using Java to quickly build complex solutions which can
be deployed on virtually any server. WebObjects 5 for Java also will
support a wealth of Internet standards including Enterprise Java Beans
(EJB) for interoperability and JDBC for universal database connectivity.
"WebObjects is the premiere software for rapidly developing and deploying
web applications to millions of users worldwide," said Steve Jobs, Apple's
CEO. "With its new pricing and support for Java, WebObjects is now
accessible to a wider audience of customers and developers."
WebObjects is an end-to-end application server with tools, technologies and
capabilities that make it an easy-to-use, standards-compliant solution. It
has an object-oriented architecture that promotes quick development of
reusable components. WebObjects provides scalability, load balancing and
fault-tolerant capabilities for multi-threaded applications running across
multiple CPUs that support high transaction volumes.
Apple is also offering new consulting services for customers who would like
to implement a customized web application developed in WebObjects as part
of its expanded professional services organization which delivers
consulting, integration and training services for WebObjects, QuickTime
Streaming Server and Mac OS X. The expanded services organization, Apple
iServices, will provide professional services for Apple customers and
developers in the creative, education and business markets.
Pricing & Availability
WebObjects 4.5 is available through Apple Resellers and the Apple Store
(www.apple.com) for US$699. A fully cross-platform solution, WebObjects 4.5
runs on Mac OS X Server, Windows NT/2000, Solaris and HP-UX systems.
WebObjects 5 for Java will be available later this year.
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