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Microsoft Thin Client Arsenal Expands

Microsoft has been in the thin client space for as long as I can remember. Windows Terminal Services (since being renamed to remote desktop services) lets you run Windows desktops off a Windows Server. Since entering the market, Microsoft has bought an array of desktop and application virtualization tools. It has so many products in the same space that it's hard to figure which does what.

One tool is Windows Thin PC, now being released to manufacturing -- which means the code is basically frozen. This is based on Windows 7, and, like the old Terminal Services, serves up apps from a Windows Server. In this case, Win 7 apps and its interface can be accessed by older PCs that could never run the OS from their own hard drives. This is a nice lifeline for decrepit machines that otherwise would be in a dump in China.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/10/2011 at 1:18 PM


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