If you want a quick way to help you explain Citrix to someone (spouse, parent, etc.), then pop on over to Microsoft.com’s Office site and take a “test drive” of Office 2003, because Microsoft is using Citrix Presentation Server to give web visitors full access to the entire Office 2003 suite. (Citrix used to do something like this with their “demo room” years ago, but now their demo room is nothing more than a collection of videos showing someone else using the products.)
You can access the test drive directly from the Office Homepage (office.microsoft.com). Look for the “Test-drive Office, no download required” links.
It’s interesting to see that Microsoft is doing this, especially as talk heats up about Microsoft providing the Office Suite for free to users via the web. Will they use Terminal Server or re-write Office as a web-services and AJAX-based application? (It’s funny because one of the major advantages of using Terminal Services is that you don’t have to rewrite your apps to webify them.)
It’s also cool that Citrix and Microsoft are really engaging with each other outside of the Terminal Server group. The Office product group also greatly benefits from Citrix, and this test drive is just another example of that.
A final thought: Do you think that Microsoft is using an External Connector License for this? ;)