Resellers will have no option but to support Windows 2000, the Asia-Pacific managing director of Citrix Systems, Nabeel Youakim, has claimed.
Citrix yesterday released the latest version of its MetaFrame software - MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows 2000, coinciding with Microsoft's release of the new operating system.
With the release, Citrix is extending its core functionality to a new platform as well as enabling Windows 2000 to reach non-Windows client devices.
Despite the expectations surrounding Windows 2000 uptake and MetaFrame 1.8 adoption, Youakim said Citrix did not expect growth in its reseller channel to change as a result of the introduction of the OS. "We're definitely always recruiting more resellers. Our reseller growth has been consistent with three or four resellers added a month. I don't think this will change because of Windows 2000.
"But every reseller that is out there will have to deal with Windows 2000 - it's not an option."
While resellers will have to become skilled in Windows 2000, Youakim said training is not necessary for MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows 2000. "For us, MetaFrame is the same product. When we come up with the next version, then we'll need to go out and do some training."
Youakim said Microsoft has provided a "very good training program" for resellers to get skilled on Windows 2000.
Meanwhile, Citrix also released yesterday NFuse, its applications portals software, which Youakim claims will "fast-track" the ASP market.
The software gives IT departments and ASPs the ability to access applications via a standard Web browser, eliminating the need for ASPs to visit client sites and install software. NFuse runs on MetaFrame and is available free from Citrix's Website.