Microsoft releases Windows Thin PC public test build

Microsoft has made available for download, as of March 28, the first Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build.

Microsoft has made available for download, as of March 28, the first Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build.

Although the final product will be available only to Software Assurance volume licensees, Microsoft is making the Windows Thin PC (Win TPC) available to the general public, officials said. The test build is available via the Microsoft Connect site and -- interestingly -- is listed under Windows Embedded Standard.

WinTPC is "a version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients without requiring the VDA license to access VDI desktops," the download site explains. WinTPC is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). It will support RemoteFX and enterprise management through Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager product (which means, I'm assuming, that WinTPC will be built on top of Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1).

Microsoft is touting WinTPC as a way for customers to tighten their IT-budget belts by repurposing older PCs as thin clients.

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