The first X Server product, MicroX, was launched in 1991. It enabled users of 286 and 386-based Intel systems to access the X Window System from their personal computers. Being self-financed, we lacked the resources for traditional sales and marketing operations. So the founders decided to utilize the internet for delivering the product and providing tech support for its customers.StarNet was quite possibly the first company to base its entire business model on the internet, because in 1991, the internet was mostly used by universities and government agencies. As a result, and aided by its low cost, simplicity and focus on the X server functionality, X-Win32 quickly became popular in these sectors.
In the late 1990s, we actively sought to broaden our share of the corporate sector, then dominated by half a dozen solutions costing two to four times as much. Our competitors typically offered a suite of solutions, mostly non-X server related (FTP, NFS, terminal emulation, etc.). As the enterprise market shifted towards more focused solutions, many firms found that X-Win32 nicely fit their needs and budget. Today, in the market for LAN-based legacy PC X servers, X-Win32 remains as one of three leading solutions along with OpenText's Exceed and Attachmate’s Reflection X. StarNet has also take a Top 3 position in the market for modern client-server solutions where it competes with OpenText's Exceed OnDemand and NX from NoMachine.