Apple?s attempt to bridge the huge gulf between its operating sytems and Windows 95 took a dent last week when it admitted that its multimedia authoring development, Quicktime 3, would be delayed.
Quicktime 3 was originally expected to ship during Q2, but Apple has now revealed that the product is unlikely to ship until the end of the summer. Quicktime is a multimedia authoring and playback environment that allows developers to create applications incorporating video and audio clips.
Apple is pinning a lot on Quicktime 3, as it will bring functional parity between Macintosh and the Windows 95 and NT platforms. Quicktime 2.5 for Windows is only a playback product and cannot create multimedia applications.
Mitchell Weinstock, multiplatform product marketing manager at Apple, said version 3 has a common source code that will encourage independent software vendors to develop titles for both Macintosh and Windows platforms.
?We will provide services you don?t get with Windows 95 and that don?t conflict with anything you get from other platforms.?
An Apple UK representative said Quicktime 3 is available in beta for developers and insisted the product will ship later on during the summer.
Quicktime will be available to hardware vendors on an OEM basis, as well as on CD or as a free Web download.
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