Applixware gives agency a Unix-to-Windows bridge

To ease cross-platform communications, the Forest Service is installing a
Unix-compatible desktop automation package on 5,000 new PCs running Microsoft Windows 95.

For two years, the Agriculture Department agency has been using Applixware from Applix
Inc. of Westborough, Mass., on its Unix systems to handle word processing, edit pictures,
create charts and design graphs for presentations.

"It's the best office automation environment for Unix," said Bruce Corey,
Applix's government sales chief. "On the PC, it's almost exactly like Microsoft

The Forest Service tested the software at its Open System Environment Laboratory.

Jim Reid, the lab's supervisor, said users who had used Applixware on Unix will have no
problem with the Windows version. "They are identical," he said. "And it
gives us the same mail client interface as we have in Unix."

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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