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Citrix does Windows on Unix, Mac

Unix workstation and Macintosh users will now have access to Microsoft Windows programs through Citrix's server software.

Citrix Systems today announced that Unix workstation and Apple Macintosh users will now have access to Microsoft Windows programs through Citrix's server software.

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.

To date, products like Sharp's Windows-CE handheld products and IBM's Network Stations have used Citrix's WinFrame server software to allow users to access Windows applications.

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.

Citrix's Unix and Mac clients support Sun Solaris, Hewlett-Packard UX, IBM AIX, Digital Unix, and Silicon Graphics Unix workstations.