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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 22 - Citrix Systems, Inc. has announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. that enables more ways to access the Windows platform, and one that will improve the access capabilities available in the forthcoming version of Windows Server codenamed "Longhorn."

The agreement includes a new technology collaboration agreement to enhance the overall extensibility of Windows Terminal Server; it formalizes Citrix's continued access to Microsoft Windows Server code and it provides for patent cross-licensing between both companies.

The five-year agreement ensures the continuance of Citrix MetaFrameAccess Suite, which runs on Microsoft Windows Terminal Server. For existing customers, the agreement will provide enhanced collaboration to achieve continuity to migrate to MetaFrame Presentation Server on Windows "Longhorn" Server.

Agreements between Citrix and Microsoft began in 1997, when Citrix licensed components of its technology to Microsoft as the base for Microsoft's Terminal Server feature.