Apple Computer Corporation announced on Tuesday that it was stripping its Claris Corporation subsidiary of its name and all of its products save one. Now known as FileMaker Inc., the new company will only sell and support FileMaker Pro, the popular database package. Retails versions of Mac OS 8 and ClarisWorks, a popular Macintosh productivity suite, will continue to be sold under the Apple name from now on. Other Claris products will be discontinued or sold.
According to sources, Apple had attempted to sell FileMaker Pro to Oracle, Microsoft, and other companies, but found no bidders. Oddly enough, Claris was one of the few money-making entities at Apple Computer for the past few years. In 1997, the company reported record yearly revenues, including a $9.1 million quarter