Citrix has extended its product line to make it easier for users to securely deliver web-based applications.
The enhancements include a new product for secure application access called Citrix Extranet, and enhancements to its application server and portal products with Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 Feature Release 1 and Citrix NFuse 1.5.
The company has also announced that it will in future separate Feature Releases, which consist of user-focused upgrades and enhancements, from Platform Releases that involve architectural changes.
Enhancements featured in MetaFrame FR1 include better administrative control and management, an improved user experience through higher resolution interface, and extended security.
Citrix has also made it easier to use handhelds in server-based computing environments by adding software tools to allow content to be delivered on smaller form-factor screens.
David Friedlander, industry analyst at Giga Information Group, said the shift in product strategy makes sense because it will allow features to be added incrementally, rather than leaving users waiting for a major product upgrade.
"It's a positive move for Citrix to add valuable features without releasing a new platform because it will lower the cost to its users of acquiring new featuring, and give them a choice of whether to add them or not," he said.
David Weiss, vice president of marketing for Citrix, said: "Our customers need 'end-end' solutions for extending browser-based access to corporate applications via the internet. By adding offerings that meet this need, we've made our application serving product line more robust than it has ever been."
Matt Dircks, director of product management at Citrix, said the aim is to improve the usability, performance and security of its software, and so remove the barriers to increased deployment of its technology.
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