MWSF 2000 wrap-up
After 3 days of Expo, everything is returning to normal order again.
At least it seems so.
After all there where quite a few exciting announcements these days.
I'll try to concentrate the most important announcements on one page.
- 3Dfx announced full support of the Mac for their new VSA-100 chipset, as it is used in the Voodoo4 and Voodoo5 cards.
Support includes drivers for OpenGL, Glide, Quicktime and DVD support with their own DVD-Player software.
The Mac versions of the cards will be specially adapted to the Mac, ship in Spring and come in their own boxes.
This is clearly my favorite.
- Creative Labs announces support for the Mac, their whole line of new USB products and the SoundBlaser Live! Soundcards.
It might take a little longer until these are established, since the cards use their own API.
Of course that API first has to be supported. Also pretty cool.
- Also VST has shown some exciting new FireWire products. IEEE 1394 is clearly on the move to the lead...
- Harman Kardon has also shown their iSub Subwoover that is a must for all new iMac owners.
- Mac OS X was announced and presented by Steve Jobs. I don't think I have to say much more. It's going to be cool.
- Many Games were announced by MacSoft and others. They were too numerous to mention all, but it looks as if the Mac Gaming market is also growing stronger now.
- Apple also promoted iMovie, which looks cool, but since I have never seen it live, I can't really judge.
- I'd also count Apple's new Internet strategy one of these points.
To see what the iTools are about check Apple.
- And finally Apple invested 200Million $ into earthlink and teamed up with them.
That was about it already. But the announcements of 3Dfx and Creative definitely made it worth on the Hardware side, and Mac OS X shook the world in the software department.