A CDE Definition
An earlier Apple branding for an architecture that allowed users with remote devices, such as laptops and PDAs, to have easy access to their desktop machines (clients) as well as to the servers. See client.
(1) A desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet, as well as any other electronic device that sends or receives data from a server. The term implies a connection to a wired or wireless network. Contrast with server. See client application, client download, client/server, thin client and fat client.
(2) One end of the spectrum in a request/supply relationship between programs. See X Window and OLE.
(3) The customer of a vendor or consultant. The client of an IT department is the end user.
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