Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

Summary:On May 2, Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Windows Thin PC available for download by testers. Windows Thin PC (Win TPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). It is a version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients.

On May 2, Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Windows Thin PC available for download by testers.

Windows Thin PC (Win TPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). It is a version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients. Win TPC doesn't require the VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license to access VDI desktops. The product is built on top of Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1, and supports RemoteFX and enterprise management via System Center Configuration Manager.

The final Win TPC product will be available to Software Assurance volume licensees only, but the test builds are available to the general public. According to a May 2 blog post, Microsoft is planning to deliver the final version of Win TPC some time on or before June 30.

Microsoft made a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Win TPC available in late March. The RC of Win TPC is available for download today from the Microsoft Connect site, officials said.

Microsoft is promoting the product as a way that IT managers can help reduce costs.

(Thanks to WinRumors for the heads up on today's Win TPC RC.)

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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