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Farallon and Microsoft pen a strategic relationship to build online collaborative tools for personal computer users.

    Farallon Communications (FRLN) and Microsoft (MSFT) have penned a strategic relationship to build online collaborative tools for personal computer users, Farallon said today.

    As part of the deal, Microsoft licensed Farallon's patented cross-platform screen-sharing technology for an undisclosed sum. The technology, which works with most desktop operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS, is already being used by Microsoft for its Timbuktu Pro real-time Internet/Intranet software. Farallon said it is seeking to license the product to other software vendors as well.

    The two companies have teamed up before to support Microsoft's NetMeeting conferencing software. The company also ships Farallon's ActiveX Control collaboration products.

    Both plan on signing another sharing agreement later this year to develop additional cross-platform interoperable Internet tools that will integrate the screen-sharing technology for Windows and Mac operating systems, Farallon added.