Psion is joining forces with Citrix to give users access to Windows desktops through an Epoc-based handheld PC.
At the Cebit trade fair in Hanover today, Psion and Citrix executivesdemonstrated the first implementation of Citrix's Independent ComputingArchitecture (ICA) embedded in Psion's Epoc handheld PC platform.
The companies said the alliance will allow users to access Windows and a range of other business applications on all of Psion's mobile computing devices.
The technology will remove the need for users to synchronise data betweenmultiple computing devices as they change their location and allows anyapplication, such as Windows, Unix or Java, to be accessed through a single Psion device.
Citrix's NFuse technology enables applications to be published and integratedacross the web so that companies can set up their Psion users with a portalfrom which to access applications. This allows firms to access and subscribe to mission-critical data through a standard web browser, regardless of their location, network connection or where and on what server platform these back-end resources reside.
Psion said the deal is an extension of its strategy to improve the range ofapplications available for its devices and follows similar partnershipswith Sun Microsystems and Oracle.
Vipul Palan, Psion's UK sales manager, said the company had seen a greatdemand from customers to extend the range of applications they can access through their Psion devices.
"We can now extend the corporate reach even further. The interface is thesame as a PC. This is real content and its what Psion customers use today," he said.
The technology will be ready early in the second quarter.
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