Citrix previews real-time collaboration project

ORLANDO, FLA. – Citrix Systems Inc. Monday previewed Project “Pearl” – an offering the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based virtual workplace and service provider says will allow real-time collaboration on documents.

At its iForum 2002 user conference, Citrix said Project Pearl will allow geographically dispersed workgroups using Citrix MetaFrame XP for Windows application server software view, edit and share access to published applications in real-time.

Project Pearl will offer collaboration capabilities for any Citrix MetaFrame XP published applications, company officials said, including Microsoft Visio, Project, and Excel and will be compatible with its NFuse Elite and NFuse Classic offerings to run applications in a portal setting.

“The offering allows customers to share documents and develop them together in real time to boost productivity and expedite decision-making,” said Russ Naples, vice-president and general manager of Citrix’s client/server business unit.

Without buying new server farms or architecture, enterprises will be able to share documents among remote meeting participants, Naples said, adding Project Pearl will enable remote employees to function in a “virtual workplace.”

The product is scheduled for general availability in the first half of 2003 and is available now through Citrix’s Technology Preview program, Citrix said.

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