A system and method are provided for the automatic updating or
installation and invoking of a requested application on a client. The
system and method form an application provision system which operates
within a network containing at least one client and at least one server.
The application provision system includes; a server resident process for
controlling the provision of an application to a client, and
client-server functionality that is deliverable to the client, the
client-server functionality the provision of the application to the
client by communicating with the server resident process.