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Network DDE is a technology that allows applications that use the DDEtransport to transparently exchange data over a network. It consistsof two major components:
The NetDDE agent. This is a service that acts as a proxy for the remote DDE application. It communicates with all local DDE applications, and with remote NetDDE agents using NetBIOS as shown in this chart:
A DLL that implements NetDDE API functions such as NDdeShareAdd, NDdeShareDel, and so on. This DLL is usually named NDDEAPI.DLL.
In the interests of backwards compatibility, Windows 95 includes a NetDDEagent and a 16-bit NetDDE API DLL. However, Windows 95 does not include a32-bit NetDDE API DLL. Consequently, 32-bit applications that use NetDDEAPI functions will need to thunk to the 16-bit NETAPI.DLL.