National Westminster Bank has launched an online banking service for Macintosh users.

NatWest joins a growing list of Mac-compatible online financial service providers. Macworld’s Simon Jary reported, the imminent arrival of First Direct, a subsidiary of banking giant HSBC, onto the financial scene yesterday. Others offering Mac-friendly services include Citibank, Egg and Barclays.

David Outhwaite, a NatWest spokesman, told Macworld: "It was always our intention to open up our online services to Macintosh users, we have been beta testing our service for some time."

NatWest online offers free 24-hour customer support, charged at local rates, unless calling from abroad. Customers can check balance and account information, pay bills and arrange financial transfers online. Up to 40 accounts per person are supported with NatWest’s service, and the last 40 entries on each account can be seen.

Outhwaite said: "The key motivation for opening up our online banking service to Macintosh users is to make our online service accessible to more people."