||We received an anonymous tip about FileMaker Pro 5, the next version of the popular database app for the Mac and PC. While we can't confirm this information, it would certainly reflect some interesting developments for FileMaker Pro. According to our source:
FileMaker 5.0 betas are making the rounds. A sales exec I know says it'll include ActiveX support, XML support, JDBC Support, CDML support. Apparently, FileMaker has been doing great against MS Access. Funny thing too since FM Pro 5 is using a lot of the MS libraries at its core, I hear.
There have been reports of serious delays in the development of FileMaker Pro 5. With web database deployment still coming into its own, this release will be an important one for the still recently emancipated FileMaker Pro, Inc.
The Mac Observer Spin: FileMaker Pro certainly has been doing well and is in fact the most successful database app next to Microsoft's Access. If these features are in fact being added, it may help FileMaker Pro penetrate the Windows market further, especially the ActiveX support. XML support is also a natural extension for FileMaker Pro. With XML gaining popularity among a large segment of web developers though relatively few web apps support it, it could gain an important foothold within that segment.
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