Claris to Undergo Restructuring, Name Change

Apple Computer Inc. announced yesterday that its Claris Corp. subsidiary will be restructured and renamed FileMaker Inc.

Apple Computer Inc. announced yesterday that its Claris Corp. subsidiary will be restructured and renamed FileMaker Inc.

As part of the restructuring, FileMaker will focus exclusively on the FileMaker line of database products, including FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server, FileMaker SDK, and future products, and all other applications under Claris will return to parent company Apple Computer's domain for distribution and development.

"Apple will be responsible for all Apple-branded software," said Fred Anderson chief financial officer at Apple, in Cupertino, California. "Apple will also develop, distribute, and support the award-winning Claris Works software."

The restructuring will also mean the layoff of approximately 300 employees, according to the companies. However, officials declined to say what percentage of total Claris employees were affected and insisted that no one division would be hardest hit.

"The layoffs are affecting all areas of Claris," said Dominique Goupil, president of Claris.

The restructuring is set to take place April 1, according to Goupil.

Claris Corp., in Cupertino, California, can be reached at http://www.claris.com/.

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