Citrix technology provides access to Windows software applications running off a server computer, allowing for a more centralized computing environment. Ordinarily, software is run on the user's "local" personal computer, not on the server.
A network solution like Citrix's is appealing to corporations, analysts say, because it offers the cost benefits of a server-centric "thin-client" or network computer environment while also maintaining the popular Windows interface.
With today's announcement, Mac and Unix users will now be able to access Windows-based email, word processing, and office suite applications. Previously, these users would have had to upgrade with dedicated software or hardware to access Windows applications.