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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.

Citrix also pledged to have Metaframe updates ready for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and the Windows Server 2003 R2 upgrade, both due in 2005. Citrix plans to release an upgrade of Metaframe, version 4.0, next year.

The two have worked closely since 1997, when Microsoft first licensed terminal services technology from Citrix for its NT Server. The current agreement in place is set to expire in May 2005.

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