MS embraces thin clients

Microsoft has made some licensing changes to allow firms to use Windows for thin client computing.

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By  Administrator Published  April 12, 2007

Microsoft has made some licensing changes to allow firms to use Windows for thin client computing.

The first change gives companies the right to use Windows Vista on thin clients, or what Microsoft refers to as "diskless PCs".

The second is the introduction of a subscription licence called Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktops (VECD), which allows customers to use Windows in virtual machines centralised on servers.

The move by Microsoft is a sign that the software giant is finally ready to embrace thin client computing, which it has opposed for years, even if it is by a different name.

"These two new options will enable our customers to begin testing centralised desktops and diskless PCs in their production environments alongside their existing deployment model and determine which combination provides the right mix of centralised IT control and end-user flexibility," said Scott Woodgate, a director in Microsoft's Windows Business Group.

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