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Resolve to Telecommute or Web Commute in 2008


Some 62% of American workers will ring in the New Year as Web commuter wannabes – best described as those of us who wish we had the freedom to work when and where we want with a little help from Internet technology – reports a new study, “Web Commuting & the American Workforce” from Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS). Easy-to-use online services like GoToMyPC are allowing workers whose jobs require a PC to have full use of their office computer without being at the office. These remote workers, called “telecommuters” in the 1980s and 90s, are today more apt to be “Web commuters” because of their reliance on the Internet.

The national survey conducted for Citrix Online by the polling company, inc. found that:

* 23% of American workers (and 41% of small business owners) regularly work from home or another offsite location, relying on Web technology (e.g. the Internet, e-mail, or programs that allow them to remotely access their office computers or meet with colleagues online).
* “The ability to work remotely or away from the office at least some of the time” is near the top of the list of the “extra” benefits employees desire: 14% percent of those polled cited its relative value, ahead of stock options (13%) and on-site child care (11%).

Freedom to work when and where we want has strong appeal for entrepreneurs as well. In his #1 New York Times bestseller “The 4-Hour Workweek,” author Timothy Ferriss emphasizes the importance of finding ways to optimize our time and resources. “For office workers or business owners, it’s incredibly easy to conduct business from somewhere else. A web service like GoToMyPC allows you to access your office computer from any web browser – whether at home, in a cafe, or on a PDA – so you can use all the same programs and documents just as though you were sitting at your desk,” said Ferriss.

“Web commuting certainly appears to be a trend-in-the-making,” said Kellyanne Conway, CEO and president of the polling company, inc. The evidence is strong that Web commuting represents a future where the workplace will be everywhere and the workforce, anyone. Employers should take heed, if they want to attract and retain talent, because Web commuting is a benefit people value highly.”

Anyone can ring in the New Year as a Web commuter with a free trial of GoToMyPC at

Survey Methodology
the polling company™, inc. conducted a recent nationwide telephone survey of 600 American adults (18+) who are currently in the workforce or have plans to enter the workforce within three years with an oversample of 100 small business owners. Interviews were collected September 14-18, 2007 at a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility using live callers. The sample was drawn utilizing Random Digit Dial (RDD) technology that ensures that every household in America with a landline telephone has an equal chance of being called. Potential respondents were then screener to ensure they met the survey requirements for participation. Sampling controls were employed to ensure representative and proportional numbers of respondents were interviewed by demographic characteristics such as race, age, gender, and geographic region, as those characteristics are reported by the latest available U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

The original survey instrument contained 18 questions including and seven demographic inquiries. The final questionnaire was approved by the client prior to fielding. The margin of error for the main sample of 600 adults survey is calculated at +/- 4.0% at the 95% confidence interval meaning that, in 19 out of 20 cases, the data collected would differ by no more than 4 percentage points were the entire population of American adults (18+) in the workforce or planning to return to the workforce within three years surveyed. The margin of error for the small business sample1 is +/- 6.8%. Margins of error for subgroups are higher.

About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than 200,000 organizations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 99% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2006 was $1.1 billion.

1 The Small Business sample includes both the 113 interviews with small business professionals collected in the main sample plus the 100 additional interviews collected in the oversample.

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