Microsoft Embraces Thin Client Solution For Schools With Multipoint Server

Microsoft has revealed plans to dish out a revamped version of its Windows Terminal Services (WTS) thin client platform dubbed Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which will allow IT managers in schools to run several PCs from just one single PC acting as a server.

Windows http://www.microsoft.com/multipoint/ MultiPoint Server 2010, which was announced by the software giant last year, runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 and is capable of running ten separate PCs from just one main server computer.

This solution will be aimed at schools, allowing the management to run software on all the PCs without having to physically install any package in each and every computer.

According to a Microsoft spokeswoman, the Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is going to be the flagship software offering from its MultiPoint brand of software offering.

The software will be available on OEM’s and Microsoft’s Academic Volume Licensing Program from March 1. The software will be aimed at organisations in which several people work at the same task at the same time.

Commenting on the new MultiPoint software, Microsoft vice president Anthony Salcito, said in a statement that “We heard clearly from our customers in education that to help fulfill the amazing promise of technology in the classroom, they needed access to affordable computing that was easy to manage and use.”

Microsoft has revealed plans to dish out a revamped version of its Windows Terminal Services (WTS) thin client platform dubbed Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which will allow IT managers in schools to run several PCs from just one single PC acting as a server.

Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which was announced by the software giant last year, runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 and is capable of running ten separate PCs from just one main server computer.

This solution will be aimed at schools, allowing the management to run software on all the PCs without having to physically install any package in each and every computer.

According to a Microsoft spokeswoman, the Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is going to be the flagship software offering from its MultiPoint brand of software offering.

The software will be available on OEM’s and Microsoft’s Academic Volume Licensing Program from March 1. The software will be aimed at organisations in which several people work at the same task at the same time.

Commenting on the new MultiPoint software, Microsoft vice president Anthony Salcito, said in a statement that “We heard clearly from our customers in education that to help fulfill the amazing promise of technology in the classroom, they needed access to affordable computing that was easy to manage and use.”

Our Comments

Obviously, this will decrease the speed of deployment and could eventually be used by some micro entreprises with less than 10 people. Unfortunately, it won't be sold to the end client but it is still a very intriguing way of keeping the cost of licenses and TCO down.

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