Last week, Macintosh faithful gathered in San Francisco for the Macworld Expo; this week, TidBITS brings you highlights from the show, including an analysis of Apple’s operating system strategy, the companies and products that stood out from the crowd, and our traditional listing of booths, items, and events that caught our eye. Also this week, info on Internet Explorer 3.0 and Macromedia’s acquisition of FutureWave.
Internet Explorer 3.0 -- Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 3.0 for Power Macs at Macworld Expo last week. In addition to support for HTML style sheets and the (debatable) RSAC Internet Ratings system, Explorer 3.0 includes support for ActiveX and Java
Macromedia Acquires FutureWave -- Last week, Macromedia made a play for dominating the online multimedia market by announcing it had acquired FutureWave Software, makers of the FutureSplash software family which (among other things) creates compact vector-based animations that are viewable through Web browser plug-ins
After every Macworld Expo, I write an article expressing my thoughts about the show. For the most part, those articles haven't been particularly positive in recent years
As you might imagine after reading Adam's and Geoff's essays in TidBITS-360, last week's Macworld Expo buzzed with talk about Apple's acquisition of NeXT Software
Macworld Expo brings out not just the best and the worst in the Macintosh industry, but also the strangest. Besides, after four days of walking around the cavernous Moscone Center, surrounded by 70,000 Macintosh fans, it's hard to keep a firm grip on reality