WinView was a direct descendant of Multiuser. It incorporated the ability to make OS/2 multi-user and also the ability to run existing DOS and Windows applications.
WinView was a name generated by Tyrone Pike (one of our board members at that time). The name seemed fairly simple but it got a message across that previous names did not. I always admired how quickly this name caught on and in reality it was the precusor to the WinFrame and MetaFrame naming system that became even more popular.
WinView included a copy of Windows 3.1 along with the Novell Netware client software. With WinView it was possible to support at least 10 users on one system with the ability to run DOS and Windows applications. About this time Pentiums were coming into strength and the common resource model was really showing some benefits.
Customers saw value in being able to run their existing applications remotely. By this time, there were plenty of Windows applications (16-bit) being run along with the older text-based DOS applications. In Multiuser, it was impossible to run the DOS applications due to the design restrictions of OS/2 1.x design.
In 1994, Citrix added the option of doing TCP/IP to WinView. This kicked things into high gear since it was then possible to do Internet transactions (web browsing and ICA connections). The message was strong enough to win Citrix a major award in NetWorld Interop in 1994.
The lessons learned in WinView were incorporated into WinFrame. In fact, much of the common design existed for ICA and the stack framework.
WinView’s greatest weakness was probably being based on OS/2. The market was really anti-OS/2 and it was commonly thought that it would be better to base it on NT instead. WinFrame fulfilled this wish.
WinView is credited with making the company viable and introducing our company to many new environments. It gave us the time to finish the first version of WinFrame and also the ability to go public in late 1995. In general, it added the missing pieces that Multiuser didn’t have.