[MD1] Apple's OS Strategy Letter
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

[MD1] Apple's OS Strategy Letter

A LETTER FROM CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER ELLEN HANCOCK ON APPLE'S OS
STRATEGY AND THE "HARMONY" RELEASE

October 21, 1996

Apple Developers:

As you know, my team and I have been working on redefining Apple's OS
roadmap to better meet our customers' and developers' needs. While we
have not yet finalized these plans, I wanted to give you an update as to
where we stand.

As previously announced, we have moved from a monolithic OS release
strategy to one that delivers releases on a regular schedule. We believe
that this more frequent release strategy provides Mac OS customers and
developers with the power and flexibility they're demanding. We feel it
is important to deliver improved products and emerging technologies to
developers and customers on a timely basis.

The first of these scheduled releases, code-named "Harmony," is expected
to be made available in January. The Harmony release will include
features such as OpenDoc and Cyberdog in the OS, along with a new
Extension Manager, an updated LaserWriter driver, and an installer front
end. Going forward, we will continue to provide features that improve
the reliability and performance of the system.

Much of the work done under the code name of "Copland" will be brought
into future versions of System 7.x as well as Mac OS 8. The enhancements
that you have asked for, such as the delivery of a new kernel, I/O
system, and file system, remain active projects. At this point it's not
possible to make statements about delivery schedules of these specific
components.

Let me briefly touch on the issue of compatibility between System 7 and
future OS releases from Apple. It is difficult to provide full backward
compatibility without sacrificing new capabilities, performance, or
system stability. We feel that our number one goal should be to deliver
a robust OS. Our intention has always been to deliver cutting-edge
technology that makes our developers and customers successful. That
said, we recognize the investments that you and your customers have made
in the Mac OS, and we want to preserve those investments as much as
possible. Compatibility will continue to be an important priority for
Apple's Mac OS plans--and we intend to address the transition issues
faced by Apple's developers and customers.

To reflect the changes in our Mac OS strategy and give you a place to
find the most current information we have, we're reconstructing our Mac
OS information on the Web. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive site
that serves as the repository for all significant information concerning
the Mac OS as we move forward. If you try to access the Mac OS 8 website
directly, you will instead see a transition page that announces the
restructuring of our Mac OS websites. You'll also see links to other
Apple pages including the Mac OS release strategy, Apple Developer
World, the main Apple page, the Mac OS site, the Apple Software Update
ftp site, and the Mac OS Software & Hardware Guide.

I know you're all eager to hear more information regarding Apple's
agenda for the Mac OS. We appreciate your patience as we resolve the
remaining decisions and rest assured that we will continue to keep you
informed of any information as soon as possible. Until then, thank you
for your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely,

Ellen Hancock
Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
Apple Computer, Inc.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

How to evolve Eevee in Pokemon GO
By now, almost everyone should be hip to how to evolve Pokemon in Pokemon GO (and if not, there's a guide for that). Just gather enough candy of the appropriate type, feed them all to the Pokemon, and evolution happens. It's a miracle that would... | Read more »
CSR Racing 2: Guide to all game modes
It might not seem like there are all that many ways to go fast in a straight line, but CSR Racing 2 begs to differ. [Read more] | Read more »
Bulb Boy (Games)
Bulb Boy 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Multi-award winning 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head. | Read more »
5 top free emoji keyboard apps
If we're not at peak emoji yet as a society, it feels like we definitely should be. The emoji concept has gone far beyond what anyone in Japan could have envisioned when the people there unleashed it on an unsuspecting world, but the West has... | Read more »
How to unlock more characters in Disney...
One of the big charms of Disney Emoji Blitz is seeing a wide variety of beloved Disney and Pixar characters transformed into smiling emojis. Even someone like the sneaky Randall from Monsters Inc., who probably never cracked a smile on film, is... | Read more »
Cubway (Games)
Cubway 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cubway is a journey with an abstract story of lifecycle of rebirth, called Samsara. Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers... | Read more »
Colorcube (Games)
Colorcube 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Turn pieces and blend colours in this minimal yet visually stunning puzzler.Over 200 handcrafted and challenging levels. Features... | Read more »
Doodle God Griddlers (Games)
Doodle God Griddlers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Crusader Kings: Chronicles (Games)
Crusader Kings: Chronicles 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crusader Kings: Chronicles is an interactive text based game that puts you in the shoes of Guy de Rose as you make... | Read more »
Roads of Rome: New Generation (Games)
Roads of Rome: New Generation 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Charitybuzz Set to Auction Unique Apple-1 Com...
Offering an opportunity to own the computer that sparked a revolution, on Monday, July 25, leading online charity auction platform Charitybuzz will auction what is claimed to be the world’s most... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP
Amazon has 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MMGF2LL/A): $899.99 $100 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
Apple refurbished 11-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $170 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Apple iPad Pro Sales Far Outpacing Microsoft...
A report on Appleinsider notes that despite Microsoft Surface tablet PC sales growing by 9 percent year over year, revenues remained below $1 billion, and are down sequentially from the $1.1 billion... Read more
DEVONthink 2.9 Features Ultra-fast, Robust, A...
DEVONthink 2.9 allows users to keep databases synchronized using many means of transport. It transmits them between Macs on the local network or stores them in a syncable form on removable hard... Read more
12-inch WiFi Apple iPad Pros on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has 12″ WiFi iPad Pros on sale for up to $100 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 12″ Space Gray 32GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749 $50 off MSRP - 12″... Read more
Apple refurbished 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac minis available for up...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Apple Mac Sales Finally Colliding With ‘Innov...
After successfully swimming against a tide of diminishing PC sales through 2014 and 2015, it appears that Apple has finally stopped defying gravity and is running up against the unwritten “innovate... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
*Apple* Professional Learning Specialist - A...
Job Summary The Apple Professional Learning Specialist is a full-time position for one year with Apple in the Phoenix, AZ area. This position requires a high Read more
*Apple* Picker - Apple Hill Orchard (United...
Apple Hill Orchard, Co. Rte. 21,Whitehall, NY 9/7/16-10/228/16. Pick fresh market or processing apples Productivity of 60 boxes and 80 boxes processing fruit per Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.