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Topic: Minitab Mac Bundling
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Al Coons

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Minitab Mac Bundling
Posted: Jun 24, 1996 7:46 AM
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Rob Stewart of Minitab was nice enough to give me a call and fully explain
why they are not presently bundling a student version of Minitab with stats
textbooks.

While the entire story is complicated and not worth repeating here, it
basically revolves around:

1) The fact that the Windows version Minitab is bundling is similar to the
most recent version of Minitab. Some of its look and feel is different from
the the Mac Student Version (Mac V8 while the full version for the Mac is
V10). Rob said that in some tests in colleges, students became confused when
the windows version was used by professors and then they tried to run the
(older) mac student version on their own.

2) When they let a publisher distribute a student version it has to be
different than their own student version (for copyright reasons). As a
result, they simply cannot bundle their existing software off the shelf.
While they have in hand an updated and altered Windows version, they have
not yet produced one for the Mac.

Rob assured me that Minitab is not abandoning the Mac. While he could not
make any guarantees, he says he hears our desire for a bundled Mac version
and may have one by next (a year from now) September.

Hope this makes some sense without too much detail,

Al

Albert Coons
Chair, Instructional Technology Committee
Mathematics Department
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Gerry's Landing Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-6100
AlCoons@aol.com





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