Citrix Timeline

This timeline is based on what is currently at the Citrix web site. It looks to be fairly accurate. I’ve taken the time to get all the years onto one page to take away the annoyance of having to pick one year at a time.


  • Incorporated in Delaware (April)
  • Edward Iacobucci (founder) set up first office in Richardson, Texas
  • Microsoft granted Citrix OS/2® license
  • Introduced Citrix ICA
  • Secured $3 million in first-round venture capital ($1 per share)
  • Relocated to Florida (Coral Springs)
  • Hired first 5 engineers
  • Employees: 18


  • $3 million second-round financing secured
  • Attended first tradeshow: COMDEX Spring
  • Debut of Citrix MULTIUSER OS/2
  • Employees: approximately 30


  • Shipping of first product: Citrix Multi-User
  • $5 million third-round financing secured
  • Net revenues: $300,000
  • Employees: approximately 40


  • Citrix multi-user V.2.0 shipped.
  • Licensing agreement with Microsoft for Windows NT Server
  • Application access agreement with Novell
  • Introduction of A+ Server Series, delivering Netware support
  • 650 resellers signed up
  • Net revenues: $1.8 million
  • Employees: approximately 50


  • WinView for Networks shipped
  • WinView v.2.2 shipped
  • Tech-Data signed as first national distributor
  • Launch of Authorized Reseller Program
  • Net revenues: $5 million
  • Employees: approximately 65


  • Five-year anniversary celebration
  • WinView v.2.3 and TCP/IP for WinView shipped
  • Internet initiative with FTP software
  • Networld + Interop: Best of Show for WinView 2.3
  • Named to the Industry 100 (Soft*letter)
  • Net revenues: $10 million
  • Employees: approximately 65


  • Launch of Citrix WinFrame
  • Tektronix and Wyse became Citrix OEMs
  • Launch of the Windows-based Terminal (WBT) concept
  • Citrix named remote computing market leader (GartnerGroup)
  • IPO Dec. 8; stock opened at $15, closed at $30
  • Net Revenues: $14.5 million
  • Employees: approximately 80


  • Expansion of Citrix WinFrame® product line (WinFrame/Access, WinFrame/Enterprise)
  • Ingram-Micro signed as distributor
  • Launch of CSN channel program (Citrix Solutions Network™)
  • # Citrix ICA agreements with Microsoft (for Internet Explorer) and Sun Microsystems
  • Inc. 100: Citrix ranked #18
  • Market capitalization: $1.1 billion
  • Net revenues: $44 million
  • Employees: approximately 146


  • Opened new headquarters building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Citrix and Microsoft announced 5-year joint marketing/development and licensing of Citrix MultiWin™ for $175 million
  • Datapac acquisition completed; the first acquisition by Citrix which established Citrix’s Pacific sales, marketing and development organization
  • Market capitalization: $2.2 billion
  • Net Revenues: $123.9 million.
  • Employees: approximately 300


  • Deloitte & Touche named Citrix one of “Nation’s Fastest Growing Technology Companies”
  • Citrix split three-for-two
  • Citrix named to Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 Index
  • Citrix ICA surpassed 2 million concurrent ports
  • Citrix shipped Citrix MetaFrame application server software
  • Development facilities opened in Salt Lake City and Redmond, Wash.
  • Citrix hosted “Thinergy”, the first global conference on server-based computing
  • Citrix recognized as top growth company by Soft*Letter 100
  • Citrix Board of Directors effected two-for-one stock split
  • Insignia acquisition completed; started Citrix’s UK based development activities in High Wycombe
  • APM acquisition completed; became Citrix’s UK Cambridge based development site
  • Market capitalization: $4.428 billion
  • Net revenues: $248.6 million
  • Employees: approximately 600


  • Added to Standard & Poor’s 500 Index
  • Citrix stock split two-for-one
  • FORTUNE magazine ranked Citrix in top five of 100 fastest-growing companies
  • Forbes ASAP: named Citrix “America’s Most Dynamic Software Company”
  • Included in FORTUNE’s inaugural e-50 index
  • Windows NT Magazine (Australia) named Citrix MetaFrame and Citrix WinFrame® as the products of the year
  • Launched Citrix VideoFrame™ 1.0
  • Acquisition of ViewSoft, Inc. for Web-based application deployment/management
  • Formation of Internet Business Unit – Citrix iBusiness
  • Founding member of the Application Service Provider (ASP) Consortium
  • First 14 members of Citrix iBusiness ASP program join
  • Citrix Developer Network created 3,000 members in 90 days
  • 17 consecutive quarters of growth
  • Offices: Florida, Utah, Washington, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland
  • Patents: more than 20 registered U.S. patents
  • Annual return: 1,425% on one share of Citrix stock (December, 1995 – March, 1999)
  • Market capitalization: $11 billion
  • Net Revenues: $403.3 million
  • Employees: approximately 1,000


  • Announcement of subsidiary in India – Citrix Software Limited
  • Distribution agreement with Beijing Stone Investment Co. for China market
  • Aquisition of Innovex Group to deliver consulting services to channel partners/customers
  • Launch of Citrix NFuse Classic application portal software; launch of Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows 2000 Server; licensing agreements for NFuse Classic signed by corporate portal solution providers: Brio, Corporate Yahoo!, Epicentric, Plumtree, Sequoia, TopTier, Viador
  • Launch of Citrix MetaFrame for the Solaris Operating Environment, MetaFrame for the AIX® Operating System and MetaFrame for the HP-UX® Operating System
  • Introduction of Citrix Extranet, a VPN solution and the latest addition to Citrix Management Services products
  • Launch of Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 Feature Release 1, the first feature release under the new Citrix modular product delivery system
  • Citrix iForum™ 2000 conference sold out with 3,200 attendees, 60 percent more than 1999
  • Citrix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA®) adopted by 24 million users worldwide; more than six million concurrent user license
  • Citrix iBusiness ASP Program passes the 100-member mark; Traver Gruen-Kennedy re-elected chairman of the ASP Industry Consortium
  • Training milestones: 18,000 Citrix administrators certified; 250 Citrix Authorized Learning Centers worldwide
  • MetaFrame named best ASP enabling technology by Open Systems Advisors (Crossroads 2000 A-List Award)
  • BusinessWeek ranked Citrix 29th out of 100 “Hot Growth Companies” and 6th best performing company in BusinessWeek 50, March 27th edition
  • Citrix named #27 in FORTUNE’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list
  • Citrix named to Deloitte & Touche “Fast 500” for 4th consecutive year
  • Stock split two-for-one
  • Employees: approximately 1,350
  • Net Revenues: $470.4 million


  • Microsoft and EMC joined Citrix Business Alliance™
  • Citrix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA®) adopted by 35 million users worldwide; more than nine million concurrent user licenses
  • 95 percent of Financial Times FT 100 use Citrix
  • Acquisition of Sequoia Software to extend virtual workplace vision
  • Launch of Citrix MetaFrame XP™ for Windows
  • Launch of Feature Release 1 for MetaFrame XP and MetaFrame for UNIX®
  • Launch of Citrix Secure Gateway
  • Citrix NFuse software named the best corporate portal product by Open Systems Advisors (Crossroads A-List Award)
  • Citrix won CMP XChange Xcellence Award for “Best Web Program/Strategy”
  • Citrix MetaFrame XP and NFuse won Excellence in Technology award at Gartner’s Midsize Enterprise Summit
  • Citrix won “Best of Breed 2001” award from Computerweek South Africa
  • Employees: approximately 1,900
  • Net revenues: $591.6 million


  • Citrix® and Microsoft® signed agreement giving Citrix access to key Windows® server operating systems code
  • Citrix named Microsoft Global Gold Certified Partner
  • Citrix established Center of Excellence for SAP in Walldorf, Germany
  • Launch of Citrix MetaFrame XP™ FR 2
  • Launch of Citrix NFuse® Elite access portal server
  • Citrix opens offices in Malaysia and Korea
  • Citrix and IBM agree to collaborate on server consolidation solutions
  • 95 percent of Fortune 500 use Citrix; 100 of Fortune 100 use Citrix
  • Citrix won 2002 Pinnacle Technology Award as best established technology company in Florida
  • Citrix won Midsize Enterprise Innovation Award for vision of virtual workplace
  • Citrix named to KM World Magazine’s “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management”


  • Citrix signed definitive agreement to acquire Expertcity, Inc.
  • Introduction of Citrix Certified Integration Architect™ certification
  • Citrix® MetaFrame® Access Suite won the VARBusiness Tech Innovators Choice Award in the Infrastructure category
  • Microsoft selected Citrix as its first ever Global Independent Software Vendor Partner of the Year
  • Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite won the Midsize Enterprise Innovation Award for Best Manufacturing Solution
  • Launch of Citrix Password Manager
  • Citrix launched first global advertising and branding campaign
  • Citrix® MetaFrame® Conferencing Manager won Windows & .NET Magazine’s “Best of Show” Award at Tech Ed 2003
  • SAP customers gave Citrix a Member’s Choice Top 25 Gold Star Award for greatest positive impact on SAP deployments
  • Citrix supported the Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 launch as a Platinum sponsor
  • Launch of Citrix® MetaFrame XP™ Presentation Server, Feature Release 3
  • Launch of Citrix MetaFrame® Conferencing Manager
  • Citrix was awarded a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, allowing Federal agencies to purchase Citrix solutions
  • Citrix announced the MetaFrame Access Suite of products and MetaFrame Secure Access Manager, the first product in the suite
  • MetaFrame software is used by nearly 50 million people worldwide
  • Two new members named to Citrix Board of Directors: Tom Bogan, president and COO of Rational Software, and Gary Morin, executive vice president and CFO for Lexmark International
  • Citrix won 2003 Crossroads A-List Award for NFuse® Elite as best portal for the mid-sized enterprise
  • Net revenues of $588.6 million.


  • Citrix signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft Corporation enabling Citrix to deliver more comprehensive access solutions on the Windows® platform and improve the access capabilities available in forthcoming version of Windows Server™ codenamed “Longhorn”
  • Net6 Inc. acquisition completed
  • Citrix GoToMyPC® won a Readers’ Choice Award from Windows IT Pro for Best Remote Control Product
  • PC World named Citrix GoToMyPC to “Best of 2004” product list
  • Citrix won two awards at Gartner’s EnterpriseVision 2004 event: Best Alliance Strategy and Best Enterprise Vendor
  • Launch of Citrix® MetaFrame® Secure Access Manager 2.2
  • Citrix GoToMyPC wins PC Magazine, CNET and PC World Awards
  • Citrix GoToAssist™ wins TMC Labs and Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine Awards
  • Citrix GoToMeeting™ previews at IDG’s DEMO event with the power to transform online meetings
  • Expertcity acquisition completed
  • Introduction of Citrix accessPARTNER Network
  • Net revenues of $741 million


  • NetScaler Inc. acquisition completed
  • Announced Citrix Access Essentials™, Citrix’s first product specifically developed, packaged and priced for small and midsized businesses
  • Announced Citrix Access Suite™ 4.0 which includes Citrix Presentation Server™ 4.0, Citrix Password Manager™ 4.0 and the new Citrix Access Gateway™ 4.0, an SSL VPN appliance
  • Citrix GoToMeeting™ Corporate named Editors’ Choice in Web Conferencing by PC Magazine
  • CRN named two Citrix executives “Channel Chiefs”
  • Citrix appoints new directors to its board of directors – Murray Demo, EVP and CFO for Adobe Systems and Godfrey Sullivan, president and CEO for Hyperion Solutions Corp.
  • CEO Mark Templeton awarded Excalibur Award for excellence in business and community leadership
  • Presentation Server won Editor’s Choice Award from Network Computing
  • Net revenues of $909 million
  • Citrix Access Gateway appliance named Product of the Year by SearchNetworking
  • Internet Telephony’s Product of the Year Awards, 2005: Application Gateway was chosen as a Product of the Year
  • Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year
  • Teros, Inc. acquisition completed
  • Citrix positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the most recent Gartner Inc. Application Delivery Products Magic Quadrant Report
  • Citrix positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “visionary” quadrant in the “Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America, 3Q05” report


  • Reflectent Software, Inc. acquisition completed
  • Launched Citrix® GoToMyPC® 5
  • Citrix announced an extension of its Access Gateway SSL VPN product line with the new Citrix Access Gateway™ Enterprise Edition
  • Citrix announced the release of the Citrix® NetScaler® Application Firewall Standard Edition, a new version of Web application firewall designed specifically for midsized enterprises and business units within large companies
  • Launched Citrix® GoToWebinar™; the first do-it-yourself affordable way for anyone to conduct online events
  • Orbital Data Corp. acquisition completed
  • Microsoft and Citrix expand partnership to improve application access and address branch office complexity
  • Launched Citrix® WANScaler™ 8000 series of wide area network optimization solutions



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5 comments on “Citrix Timeline
  1. samj says:

    Your post got me thinking… this information is useful but not particularly easy to digest. It’s easier to know where you’re going if you know where you’ve come from and a growing company like Citrix tends to lack corporate memory. Anyway, that’s why I created the Citrix Live Timeline – you should check it out.

  2. […] Motivated by Jeff Muir’s Citrix Timeline post which was itself derived from the Citrix Milestones page, I have set up a DHTML based AJAXy Citrix Live Timeline widget (based on SIMILE Timeline with some modifications for which shows 15 years of Citrix history in a convenient, scrollable format. Users can not only comment on existing events but also post new events for moderation (use ‘create content->event’ and select the ‘timeline category’). It is envisiaged that this become an authorative source for Citrix history, including information that may not otherwise make it on to the marketing driven corporate site. You can access it from the ‘Timeline’ tab on […]

  3. […] Motivated by Jeff Muir’s Citrix Timeline post (which was itself derived from the Citrix Milestones page) I have set up a DHTML based AJAXy Citrix Live Timeline widget (based on SIMILE Timeline with some modifications for which shows 15 years of Citrix history in a convenient, scrollable format. Users can not only comment on existing events but also post new events for moderation (use ‘create content->event’ and select the ‘timeline category’). It is envisiaged that this become an authorative source for Citrix history, including information that may not otherwise make it on to the marketing driven corporate site. You can access it from the ‘Timeline’ tab on […]

  4. aenagy says:

    This timeline has not been updated in 6 years. Any plans to do so?

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