Windows Thin PC Released To Manufacturing

Microsoft today announced that Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) reached its RTM milestone and will become generally available for download on July 1, 2011.

Windows Thin PC is in short Windows 7 with a smaller footprint. It will allow users to repurpose PCs as thin clients, without requiring the VDA license to access VDI desktops

Based on feedback received, Microsoft has decided to add the following additional features in the RTM:

  • Key Management Server (KMS)/Multiple Activation Key (MAK): WinTPC will now be able to activate against a customer’s existing KMS server or use MAK keys, which enables quick and easy activation mechanisms that customers already use for their Windows desktops today.
  • Keyboard Filter: WinTPC will have the capability to allow customers to lock certain key combinations, such as Ctrl +Alt + Delete, from being utilized and taking effect on a Windows Thin PC device, thereby providing customers with greater level of security and control over user interaction with their WinTPCs.
  • International IMEs (Input Method Editor) support: WinTPC will now include the option to support international keyboards.

Forefront Endpoint Protection support will be coming to WinTPC in Q3 CY2011, which is in the same quarter as the GA for WinTPC.

Link: WinTPC website.

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