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Windows devices get full-size apps

Windows devices get full-size apps

Citrix Systems is squeezing full-size Windows applications onto palm-size PCs running Windows CE.

The company has released new client software based on its Independent Computing Architecture (ICA). It will allow palm-size PCs to access any Windows application running on a Windows NT server equipped with Citrix's MetaFrame multiuser Windows software. Citrix said the software will run on any Windows CE palm-size PC or handheld PC, regardless of processor.

The ICA client will display only part of a full-screen Windows application at any time, so users will have to scroll through the screen to see the rest.

"It's like looking through a keyhole," said Greg Blatnik, managing director at Redwood City, Calif.-based, research firm Zona Research. In some situations, Blatnik said, the only alternative is to develop custom handheld applications to access certain data. "If you can get access to a wide range of familiar applications through these handhelds, that can be useful," Blatnik said.

The software will let users cut and paste from Windows applications to local Windows CE applications.

Citrix said it has no plans to offer a similar ICA client for Palm Computing Inc.'s Palm OS.


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