Microsoft, Citrix Renew Vows For Longhorn Server Era

Microsoft and Citrix Systems embraced the holiday spirit by announcing a five-year extension on their longstanding technology-sharing pact for terminal services.


On Tuesday, the two software allies announced an expansion of their technology marriage, which they signed in 2002. The expansion calls for broad patent cross-licensing of their respective terminal service technologies and a technology collaboration agreement to extend the Windows Terminal Server technology in the Windows Server due in 2007, code-named Longhorn.


The new deal also provides Citrix with formal access to the Windows Server source code through the next five years, which will enable the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based ISV to optimize and closely integrate its Metaframe access infrastructure products with Longhorn.


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