Microsoft in a deal with Citrix Systems Inc.
Microsoft has extended their deal with Citrix Systems Inc. to collaborate and license technologies from each other. The deal would last for the next five years and let Citrix develop software for the upcoming network Operating Systems from Microsoft. This would give Citrix capabilities to come out with updated and new applications when Microsoft releases Longhorn Server editions in 2007.
Citrix makes applications like MetaFrame Access Suite, which runs on Microsoft Windows Terminal Server letting multiple devices access applications on a server. With this deal, the clients of these applications would get the compatible versions when Longhorn arrives. David Jones, senior vice president of product development for Citrix had this to say about the deal: “The premise of our business is to mitigate change and understand the evolving, heterogeneous world, as new platforms came; there would be access spaghetti”.
The relationship between these two companies started way back in 1997 with Citrix licensing the Windows Server 3.51 source code. In return, Microsoft got their base for Microsoft’s Terminal Server from Citrixâ€™s thin-client technology.