Microsoft's thin client ally Citrix has signed a series of significant deals as the new year starts.
Yesterday it bought elements of software from emulation company Insignia and today signed deals with IBM, Acorn and a raft of other companies, including major OEMs.
IBM is Citrix? major win. It was rumoured some months ago and exclusively reported on the 'VNU Newswire', that Big Blue would use the Citrix model to create a mobile NC.
IBM has now licensed the ICA model, developed by Edward Iaccobucci, who helped develop OS/2 in its original launch 11 years ago. In a brief statement, Iaccobucci?s company confirmed that IBM was now licensed to embed the thin client model into its Network Station line.
Sharp and Acorn have also decided to get into bed with Boca Raton, Florida based Citrix.
The two companies will license Citrix technology into a series of embedded telephone-like handsets with products expected later this spring.
Acorn, a little like IBM and NCD, also licensees of Citrix technologies, produces network computers.
Citrix also announced it will support the Unix X11 protocol, making the platform available on workstations too.
This time last year, Citrix and Microsoft were in prolonged talks with Microsoft, which agreed eventually to license its software for Windows Terminals.
And just before Christmas 1997, Compaq also licensed Citrix technology, although last week the company was still denying it was going to create any type of Windows terminals.
The products Citrix bought from emulation software Insignia will cover the company for other, non PC and Unix environments, including the Macintosh.
Citrix can also supply similar products for WebTV, set-top boxes of every type, and even cable companies, Iaccobucci told the Newswire last year.
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