Corel Corp. said today that it's selling its jBridge remote application server technology to GraphOn Corp. in an effort to focus on its core application software.
Corel will give jBridge to GraphOn for a 25% stake in the company, which offers multiuser application and remote-access thin-client technology. The move will help Corel, which has dabbled in tangential technologies such as jBridge and network computers in recent years, hone in on its base products. "We can focus on our huge brands, WordPerfect and Corel Draw," says Corel CEO Michael Cowpland. Moreover, he says, moving jBridge to GraphOn will benefit the technology. "The concentration of thin-client technology in one company will help it," he says.
GraphOn says jBridge, which lets computers with the Java Virtual Machine run any 32-bit Windows application unmodified, will round out its existing portfolio and give it a presence on the Windows platform. The company previously had products for Unix and Linux applications. Remote access to applications on all platforms, from all platforms, will make GraphOn a viable rival to Citrix Systems Inc. and Microsoft, the company says. "It gives customers a multiuser environment without having to go into the Microsoft multiuser NT environment," says GraphOn CEO Walt Keller.
All of jBridge's development team, including an operation in New Hampshire, will be transferred to GraphOn. GraphOn says it will be able to accelerate development of jBridge so that it will be generally available as a product within six months.