Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

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.

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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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  • It does amaze

    The CTP runs amazingly fast on my Compaq Armada E500 with an 800Mhz P3 and 512MB RAM.
    pmfjoe
    • Fully functional

      @pmfjoe, your Armada, when new, probably ran Win 98 or maybe Win2k, both of which have the same access to VDI components as W7 Express or whatever they want to call it now.

      So just for my education, what is the advantage of upgrading to W7E / W7TPC?
      jparr
      • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

        @jparr

        No real reason just for testing, can't say the machine is actually usable with any of today's software or operating systems.
        pmfjoe
      • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

        @pmfjoe
        you could run the same machine with quite a few fully modern linux distros.
        I only mention it since you said "can't say the machine is actually usable with any of today's software or operating systems."
        Put puppy linux on it, the machine will run faster now than it did when brand new.
        tmsbrdrs
      • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

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      • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

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  • If you need this product, it's time to upgrade . . .

    If you need this product, it's time to upgrade to, say, a netbook. Unless you're totally unemployed, you should be able to save up for one.
    CobraA1
    • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

      @CobraA1 You are obviously missing the point, or just a dumba$$.
      Nadaphanboi
    • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

      @CobraA1 This product is aimed at companies that have technology and vendors tied to aging platforms. It has little to do with budget or upgrading. If you have a box on your end tied to a service or client on the other that you do not own or control, you simply have to make it compatible on your end no matter what.
      Vexxarr
    • love it

      @CobraA1
      "upgrading to a netbook". great stuff.
      banned from zdnet
  • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

    @ Cobra... Its more important for struggling companies & schools vs a single end user. Dozens/hundreds of machines means a lot more saving to upgrade.

    "Microsoft is promoting the product as a way that IT managers can help reduce costs."
    macaction
    • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

      @macaction best way to reduce such costs is not to get locked into monopoly supply chains in the first place.
      INGOTIAN
      • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

        @INGOTIAN Hindsight
        macaction
    • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

      @macaction True, but if we need a client server setup to make this work anyway...what I'd really like to see is an Android tablet running a compatible client, and a Windows server running the legacy Windows applications. Something that could probably be done now on any Windows OS with 3rd party software. This would remove the need to upgrade a server that is only providing legacy support anyway. I bet it could even be isolated to it's own private network that way for security purposes.
      Socratesfoot
      • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

        @Socratesfoot
        It wouldn't be terribly difficult to simply put rdesktop onto an installation of, say, puppy linux, get faster speeds from the aging hardware and not sacrifice the hardware. rdesktop allows remote desktop functionality with Windows systems. It's also possible to use VNC for the same purposes or a myriad of other solutions, all of which wouldn't cost any money at all. Microsoft needs a more compelling product than this "thin" client.
        tmsbrdrs
    • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

      @macaction
      It's more important for Microsoft, not the Schools or companies.
      When using aging hardware, Linux is always there for free. This is actually geared towards those IT managers too lazy to look for a solution outside Microsoft.
      Since this is a thin client solution, there's nothing compelling enough with it that Linux wouldn't be a better solution in most of the usage cases for this product.
      tmsbrdrs
  • With a proper touch UI, this could be a wPad OS.

    Layer a good touch UI over this kernel and we might see a Windows compatible OS for tablets worth considering. Nah, probably not.
    BillDem
    • RE: Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30

      @BillDem If they layer a touch UI over this it will more than likely require better hardware requirements and at the same time compete with existing MS software.
      I just can't see MS doing this at it would affect their sales of W7.
      Just my 2 cents on the subject. But would have been nice though.. :)
      tjomball