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Apple refurbishes its Internet server

Apple Computer today made a move on the Internet strategy that the company hopes will bail it out of financial hot water with the release of the second generation of its Apple Internet Server Solution.

Apple Computer today made a move on the Internet strategy that the company hopes will bail it out of financial hot water with the release of the second generation of its Apple Internet Server Solution.

The server is designed to let Apple users create and maintain Web sites and comes bundled with a CD-ROM of third-party Internet-development software including PageMill 1.0 from Adobe Systems for creating Web pages without having to learn HTML; Progressive Network's RealAudio 1.0 for serving audio content from a site; and Netscape Communications' Navigator 2.0 browser. The CD-ROM is valued at $4,000.

But that's not all. The Internet Server package also includes two new releases of Apple's Workgroup Servers announced today to provide Web developers a platform for Mac OS-based applications services and AppleShare file and print services.

The two new Workgroup Server models--the 7250 and 8550--are the first Apple servers to be built on the industry-standard Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus architecture; they use a 120-MHz PowerPC 601 processor and 132-MHz PowerPC 604 processor, respectively.

The Apple Internet Server Solution is set to ship in March priced at: $2,299 including the NuBus-based 6150 Workgroup Server Model; $3,299 including the new 7250 Workgroup Server; and $6,449 including the high-end 8550 Workgroup Server. The first two come configured with 16MB of RAM and a 1.2GB hard drive. The high-end model comes with 24MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive.

The new Workgroup Servers are available immediately in standalone versions priced at $2,889 for the 7250 and $7,199 for the 8550. In March, Apple will also deliver three Workgroup Server packages bundled with third-party software and aimed at three separate markets: small and medium-sized businesses, schools, and publishing organizations.

Apple officials have said that new products and services for Internet users will be critical to the company's financial and strategic rescue plan after a $69 million loss for its last quarter and the replacement of CEO Michael Spindler with Gilbert Amelio.