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Citrix Gets Access to Microsoft Code for 3 Years

Citrix Systems Inc., the company whose name is practically synonymous with server-based computing in Microsoft environments, reached a new agreement with Microsoft to gain continued access to Windows Server code for three years.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company, which managed to survive Microsoft's decision to sell its own terminal server operating system and later to build terminal services right into the operating system, sells Citrix MetaFrame application serving software that works with the Windows server operating system. In the last few years, Citrix has been extending its product to support several flavors of Unix as well as Windows.

Citrix and Microsoft entered in agreement in 1997 for Citrix to develop technology for Microsoft.

"This deal does not extend the 1997 agreement," said Citrix senior vice president Bob Kruger. "Rather it ensures that Citrix will continue to have access to new Windows releases in the future. It also demonstrates Microsoft's recognition of the value Citrix solutions add to the Microsoft platforms."

The agreement does not involve payments either way, according to Citrix.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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