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IBM expands network access

The company ships a software set that allows users to access applications from any desktop on a network.

IBM (IBM) has shipped a software set that allows users to access applications from any desktop on a network.

The set of client and server-based software tools, called WorkSpace On-Demand, essentially acts like similar server software being offered by Citrix Systems and forthcoming Microsoft technology, partially based on Citrix code, called the Windows-based Terminal Server, which is in beta as of this week. (See related story)

Currently being offered for OS/2 Warp client and server software customers, the software allows client applications to be downloaded from a central server, essentially freeing users to log in to client machines from any desktop on their corporate campus.

The software runs on Intel-based systems and retains "100 percent Pure Java" compliance, according to the company. The client software supports OS/2, DOS, and Windows 3.x applications. A tool like Citrix WinFrame server software will still provide the interface for 32-bit Windows applications. Prices for WorkSpace On-Demand start at $729, a recommended dealer price.