Microsoft Launches Windows MultiPoint Server 2010
Microsoft unveils Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, aimed at the education segment. The product allows multiple users at multiple thin-client terminals to operate independently in a Windows environment while linked to a single host system. In theory, this would save schools or even small workgroups the expense of purchasing multiple workstations. Another of Microsoft's server offerings, SQL Server 2008 Release 2, is due in May.Microsoft has launched its Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which allows users at multiple terminals to connect to a single host computer. The operating system, released Feb. 24, is being aimed at the education segment, and Microsoft said it will make the product available to academic volume licensing customers on March 1. In theory, Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 can save schools money by reducing the number of computers needed in a typical classroom to one, the host system, which could be connected to multiple thin-client terminals through a video card or USB. Students on those terminals could have their own accounts and work independently in a Windows environment.
From the host computer, an administrator or other controller can drop content into a Public Documents folder, with that content appearing in users' Document Libraries. Although aimed at educators, MultiPoint Server 2010 could potentially be deployed in other contexts, such as small working groups.