Oracle is developing client software to connect Mac OS X to its own database applications – a move that will place Apple's next-generation operating system on corporate desktops.

Initially, Oracle's 9i suite of database tools won't have full functionality on OS X. An early-adopter version will be made available in the third quarter 2001.

The move is part of Oracle's strategy to migrate Mac OS X development toward Java and JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) connectivity, by taking advantage of OS X's built-in support for the Java 2 standard, reports eWeek.

Oracle provides a wide selection of Java-based applications for corporate environments. These include application servers, and database and development tools. Oracle also recently announced plans to bring its e-business suite to Mac OS. This follows the company's announcement that it will link Macs up to Oracle 8i in November 1999.