Citrix Systems, maker of thin client/server software, announced last week it had merged with ViewSoft, a US organisation that specialises in software for multi-tier and Web-based application development.
Under the deal, valued at about $US32 million, ViewSoft will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Citrix, according to company officials. The organisations hope to complete the transaction before October.
Citrix plans to use ViewSoft's technology to offer customers - independent software vendors, corporate developers and systems integrators - the ability to create Web-based applications that have some of the interactivity and rich features of client/server applications.
"Citrix will use the proprietary technology to extend the flexibility and cost benefits of server-based computing to Web-enabled and multi-tier applications," including applications based on Microsoft's DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) and its DNA (Distributed interNet Applications) component architectures, and Java and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), the Citrix statement said.