Hi, I’m Dean Paron, Product Unit Manager for Windows MultiPoint Server and today I’m excited to announce the availability of the Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Beta.
Back in February of 2010, we launched a new product, called Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which is designed primarily for the education market to help schools increase computing access to more students for a lower total cost. Now, schools around the world are using Windows MultiPoint Server in their classrooms, labs and libraries to give students the experience of using the latest Windows technology that will help prepare them for the workforce. Teachers and students are finding Windows MultiPoint Server to be a great way to collaborate with each other on school projects and experience Windows 7 and the power it brings to help them teach and learn. You can watch an online demo of Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 and listen to customers talk about their experiences here. Education institutions, and other organizations such as non-profits and charities, are taking advantage of the benefits of Windows MultiPoint Server, such as a lower total cost of IT ownership, and easier setup, management and use.
So what’s new with Windows MultiPoint Server 2011? We’ve been listening to customer and partner feedback and here are some of the new things you’ll find:
1. Desktop thumbnails that make it easier for teachers to orchestrate activities across the classroom, see what students are working on, and interact with student sessions.
2. Support for connecting thin clients over the LAN. This allows for virtually unlimited distances between stations.
3. The ability to string multiple MultiPoint Server “pods” and manage them from a unified MultiPoint Manager console. Great for labs and libraries where there are a large number of stations in a single place.
4. Split screen capabilities at each user station. Turn one screen into two separate stations for a new way of collaborative learning between students.
5. An ISV extensibility model based on a common SDK with the next versions of Windows Small Business Server and Windows Home Server, which enables ISVs such as learning and classroom management providers to integrate with MultiPoint Server.
6. Support for domain join to integrate Windows MultiPoint Server with your existing Active Directory infrastructure.
If your organization is struggling with providing enough computers for your users, decreasing technology budgets, limited technical support and outdated hardware and software, I encourage you to check out Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 today and to take a look at the enhancements we are thinking about for through the now available Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 beta.
Product Unit Manager
Windows MultiPoint Server
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