Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

Summary: Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Thin PC client, and plans to make it available to Software Assurance customers starting July 1, company officials said on June 7.

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Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Thin PC client, and plans to make it available to Software Assurance customers starting July 1, company officials said on June 7.

Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). Whereas WinFLP was based on the Windows XP SP3 platform, WinTPC is based on the Windows 7 platform.

Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) allows users to repurpose older PCs as thin clients, something that a number of users seemingly want to do in order to save money and avoid having to upgrade users to new PCs.

PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops, Microsoft officials have said. Microsoft officials said today that they are planning to add Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) support for WinTPC in the third calendar quarter of 2011.

In a blog post on the "Windows For Your Business Blog," Microsoft officials noted the approved uses for WinTPC:

"WinTPC is designed to be a thin client device, and therefore only applications that fall into the certain categories are enabled. These categories include security, management, terminal emulation, Remote Desktop and similar technologies, web browsers, media players, instant messaging clients, document viewers, NET Framework and Java Virtual Machine. If customers want to locally run productivity applications such as Microsoft Office, or any other application that does not fall into the categories mentioned above, they would be better off using a PC, as thin client computing may not be the best fit for their scenarios."

Microsoft released a first test build of WinTPC in March 2011. While the test build was available to the general public, the final product is limited to volume licensees with Software Assurance only.

Update: A couple more tidbits from Microsoft's blog post today: WinTPC and Citrix’s Receiver technology will work together, enabling XenApp or Xendesktop via WinTPC. And System Center Configuration Manager and the Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 products can be used to manage WinTPC clients.

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

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  • Another option

    For small groups, MultiPoint can act as a TS box.
    Joe_Raby
  • Way to go

    I like the fact that a VDA license is not required.
    Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

    Superawesome. Microsoft and Ballmer never cease to amaze!
    Monkeypox
  • RE: Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

    This is the contrast to Apple's planned obsolescence. MS offers a way to utilise all the older PCs.

    Is it another thin client scam? No, because MS also offers the full deal and you can move between the thin and thick clients and even mix them without being trapped.

    Well done.
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

      @tonymcs@... "This is the contrast to Apple's planned obsolescence." and "Is it another thin client scam? No, because MS also offers the full deal" and "even mix them without being trapped." <br><br>First statement: Microsoft doesn't plan obsolescence?<br><br>Second statement: Microsoft does offer the full deal for a cost, which will trap you in.<br><br>Third statement: Microsoft traps you just like everyone else, its just business.<br><br>I have been in the industry almost 39 years and even though I haven't seen it all, the underlying business reasons never change, just the means to achieve them and the technology to hook and trap technical people.<br><br>Once in awhile real low cost high performance useful technology gets released and makes a change, but not often enough. The microprocessor and the resulting PC was useful technology, but it was implemented wrong and its TCO is excessive, which is the reason we are headed back to where we came from, a Thin Client.
      TBeckner
  • Way to replace those old XPs

    Nicely done.
    cym104
  • RE: Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

    I have converted my old computers (windows 95) to Ubuntu and Open office. For free. Why should I pay Microsoft's exorbitant prices for something which takes up more space than a blue whale on my computers?
    gwyn909
    • It's free market...

      @gwyn909

      No one is sayin you *have* to pay. You can still carry on using Ubuntu. But for people like me, who are happy to spend money, this is another great *choice* for me from Microsoft.
      winGeek
    • RE: Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

      @gwyn909
      Because you don't get RDP version 7.x !!!!
      mikroland
      • RE: Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1

        @mikroland
        What is RDP version 7.x??
        rbpatter
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