Thursby has been innovating in Apple and Android enterprise integration, management and security for over a quarter century, introducing commercial grade capabilities years before Apple, Android or later “me too” vendors. We don't do what Apple or Google do well, rather what they don't do at all, or where implementations cover only simple use cases for end consumers rather than enterprise or secure enterprise needs. We don't try to do "everything, for everyone, everywhere" but focus on our specialization. Evolution and change are not options for our business, they are our business -- the embrace of what economists call "creative destruction."
Our first decade was expanding networking with DECnet, Ethernet and X-terminals.
Our second was growing enterprise network storage integration with NFS, Microsoft SMB/CIFS and Microsoft DFS, along with the important addition of enterprise Microsoft Active Directory (AD) policy management (GPO) and Single Sign-On (SSO) login security.
Our third decade has seen the introduction of enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange Outlook Web Access (OWA), Exchange Active Sync (EAS) and smart card security for Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android tablets and smartphones, supporting the trends of increasing consumerization of IT, strong security, mobility and the cloud.
- Over 80,000 clients in over 140 countries and over 30,000 net new clients since 2010
- Over 1,000,000 licenses sold to-date (not trials, evaluations or so-called "freemium" offerings)
- Diversified national and international client mix from B2C consumers to B2B enterprise, embracing Government, Healthcare, Education, Finance and Energy verticals
- Largest deals have been OEM and enterprise clients managing thousands of Apple devices
- Products on the Mac under every Apple CEO
- Supporting Apple from Macintosh System Software 2 to today
- Supporting Microsoft from Windows 3.1 and Windows NT to today
- One third of revenues are international with sales and support across all seven continents (including researchers on the Southern Ice Cap)
- A particular appeal of our software to enterprises is its leverage of standards, not seeking to lock-in to proprietary new server software
Steve Jobs commented on the value of learning from tech history in a favorite Schopenhauer short story - “He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer’s booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once, and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone.”
1981 Ronald Reagan is President
1981 First Space Shuttle Mission
1981 First modern cell phones in Nordic Countries
1982 First CD player
1984 Apple's Steve Jobs introduces Mac with "1984" Super Bowl Commercial
1986 John Sculley is Apple CEO
1986 Founding of Thursby Software Systems, Inc. (TSS)
Since our founding we’ve delivered a mix of software and maintenance products to different end-user audiences:
- High-volume shrink-wrapped business-to-consumer, small or home office (SOHO) (B2C) products in quantities of 1, 5, 10 or 25 seats
- Significant original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solutions to well known IT companies (whose terms preclude publicity)
- Business-to-business (B2B) site licenses, each covering from 50 seats to hundreds or thousands of local, national or international Mac workstations and laptops
Delivery vehicles have ranged from jewel cases in stores such as Apple’s own and big box retailers like Fry’s and Best Buy, to national and international resellers and distribution middlemen to direct electronic downloads from the ‘net
1987 Support for Mac System Software 2 to 5
1987 Thursby TSSnet for Mac
Thursby’s first product was TSSnet for the Macintosh, an implementation of Digital Equipment Corporation’s DECnet technology. The first release of TSSnet was before the Macintosh had either a multi-finder or even Ethernet technology
1988 Support for Mac System Software 6
1988 Thursby TSSnet for UNIX
We were instrumental in the early implementation of Ethernet technologies on the Mac. Starting in 1988, Thursby expanded our TSSnet technology to every major UNIX platform including Sun, IBM, HP, DEC, Solbourne, SCO, ICL and Sequent.
1989 President George H. Bush
1989 Thursby TSSnet for X-Terminals
The late 1980’s gave rise to the rapid, although short lived, appearance of X-Terminals, also known as “thin clients”. TSSnet was quickly incorporated as an OEM technology by all of the leading X-Terminal manufacturers including NCD, Tektronix, NCR, Samsung, Tandberg Data, and Wyse Technology. Other OEM relationships were also entered with Apple, Digital Equipment Corporation, EMC, Emulex Corporation, Mercury Computers, NetManage, Sequent Computers, Webster Computer Corporation, and White Pine Software.
1991 Support for Mac System 7 to OS 7
1992 Thursby - Barclay’s relationship
In 1992 we entered into a special relationship with Barclays Bank in the UK to network all 2,500 branches with our TSSnet and TSSterm products on multiple UNIX platforms. Additionally we provided them with custom DECnet for DOS legacy networking support for their new branch counter project.
1993 President Clinton
1993 Michael Spindler is Apple CEO
1993 Microsoft Windows NT 3.1
1993 Microsoft Windows 3.1
1994 Netscape launches first commercial browser and develops SSL security, the beginning of the commercial Internet
1994 Launch of Thursby.com web site (the image is from 2004)
1995 Thursby MacNFS
We expanded our network offerings in 1995 when we introduced MacNFS, a high performance Network File System (NFS) client implementation for the Apple Mac.
1996 Gil Amelio is Apple CEO
1996 Thursby DAVE
DAVE was the first Microsoft SMB/CIFS implementation on the Mac and it underpins the end-to-end capabilities of our product line to the present day.
1997 Steve Jobs returns as Apple CEO
1997 Microsoft introduces Office for Mac
1997 Support for Mac OS 8
1998 Apple buys Macromedia Final Cut and renames as Apple Final Cut
1999 Thursby TSStalk
We acquired the COPStalk product technology from Cooperative Printing Solutions, which became TSStalk. TSStalk is an implementation of Apple’s networking protocols that runs on PCs.
1999 Support for Mac OS 9
2001 President George W. Bush
2001 9/11 Attacks on World Trade Center / War On Terror
2001 Support for Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah at launch
Our applications were some of the first available, part of Apple’s press for OS X, along with software from Avid, IBM, Macromedia and Microsoft.
2001 Thursby maintained a very large presence at Macworld Shows for many years, when it was the gold standard for Apple events
2001 Thursby Software in the first Apple Retail Stores
2001 Support for Microsoft Windows XP
2001 Thursby MacSOHO
Recognizing a need for a more easily configured home networking solution for Macs and PCs, we first offered MacSOHO in 2001. Although based on the DAVE technology, MacSOHO implemented the older NetBUI transport, making it ideal for small computer networks.
2001 Support for Mac OS X 10.1 Puma
2002 Thursby Co-wrote the Mac SMB/CIFS standards with Microsoft
2002 Support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
2002 DAVE v4.0 was the first Microsoft DFS implementation on the Mac
2003 Adobe introduce Creative Suite (CS1)
2003 Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003
2003 Thursby ADmitMac
As the complexity of Microsoft networks grew and the acceptance of Microsoft’s Active Directory became a de facto corporate standard, we introduced ADmitMac, the first Mac Active Directory Solution.
A new product based on the proven core technology of DAVE, ADmitMac implemented a rich and secure implementation of Active Directory support combined with commercial grade file and printer sharing for the Macintosh
2003 Support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
2004 Support for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
2006 Support for Intel-based Macs
2006 Support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
2006 Thursby ADmitMac for CAC
As security concerns increased in networks, especially after 9/11, the US Government required an increased awareness in protecting access to critical information. Standardizing on the CAC (Common Access Card), the Department of Defense (DoD) mandated a move away from the traditional username and password verification methods of old, and mandated the use of the CAC smart card implementation in combination with a PIN in properly verifying users against Active Directory.
2007 Thursby ADmitMac for CAC passes DoD security certifications
Our high security software passes all testing for JITC and Netcom security certifications
2007 Support Windows Vista
2007 Apple releases iPhone 3G
2008 Support Windows Server 2008
2009 President Barack Obama
2009 Support Windows 7
2009 Support Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
2009 Thursby ADmitMac for PIV
ADmitMac for PIV (Personal Identity Verification) replaces ADmitMac for CAC inline with the evolving needs of the US Federal Government Military and Civilian agencies
2010 Apple releases iPad first generation, triggering widespread interest in secure iPads as replacements for aging Windows and BlackBerry devices
2010 Thursby DAVE v8
DAVE for Mac-Windows integration and collaboration for files and printers, with commercial grade Microsoft SMB/CIFS and commercial grade Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS), now in its eighth generation
2010 Thursby ADmitMac v5
ADmitMac for Mac-Windows management and security, with Active Directory and HIPAA compliance, including DAVE technology and now in its fifth generation
2010 Thursby ADmitMac PKI v3
ADmitMac PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) for Mac-Windows high security smart card management, security and HSPD-12 compliance in the workplace, including ADmitMac technology and now in its third generation, makes Mac deployment and maintenance largely “plug and play” based on the years of experience with the earlier ADmitMac for CAC and ADmitMac for PIV versions.
2010 Thursby new, custom built corporate headquarters
The custom built facility on South Collins Street in Arlington, Texas, houses US engineering, support, sales and marketing personnel. North Collins Street is the location of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers stadiums.
2011 Thursby PKard for Mac v1
Easy and straightforward Mac remote access to secure smart card enabled web sites fills the needs of many US government users who have personal Macs on the road, or at home.
2011 Final Space Shuttle Mission
2011 Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
2011 First secure browser app for Apple iOS 4 & 5 on the iPhone & iPad, showcased at Land War Net and SCA Government conferences
2011 Tim Cook is latest Apple CEO
2012 First consumer CAC, PIV, PIV-I and CIV iPad and iPhone smart card reader, a fast, user-friendly and affordable software, hardware and direct support package takes the market by storm
2012 Support for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and iOS 6
2012 FIPS 140-2 validation
2012 - 1st. iPad / iPhone multi-card, multi-reader, multi app secure app development environment - PKard Toolkit
2013 GSA Schedule
2013 - 1st. iPad / iPhone secure email app with Microsof Exchange ActiveSync (EAS)
2013 Second generation of reader hardware and software for iOS 6 & 7, Lightning & 30-pin connectors
2013 PKard challenge coins struck
2013 Support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
2013 FIPS 201 hardware approvals
2013 The PKard secure app ecosystem expands to include everything needed to replace legacy BlackBerry or Windows Mobile devices
2013 elegant & discrete cased iPad readers (also known as sleds)
2014 Android tablet, smartphone & reader agnostic strong security bundles