Windows MultiPoint Server 2010: One Computer, 10 Users
Article by George Norman
On 04 Mar 2010
As of this month Redmond-based software giant Microsoft made available for purchase a new product called Windows MultiPoint Server 2010. Based on Windows Server 2008 R2, the software is available for purchase through OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing (VL).

“We heard clearly from our customers in education that to help fulfill the amazing promise of technology in the classroom, they needed access to affordable computing that was easy to manage and use,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft. “That’s why we developed Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 — a solution that meets these needs and delivers an up-to-date, trusted Windows experience.”

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According to Microsoft, this new product is perfectly suited for use in educational institutions – such as classrooms, libraries and labs. What Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 does is offer access to affordable computing by allowing multiple computer users to share the same computer. You only need one computer and thanks to Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 multiple users on multiple stations can use it.

Imagine this scenario if you will: in an educational environment, there is just one computer. Get Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 and multiple students can connect to it with their own monitor, keyboard and mouse through USB or a video card. Each student has control of his own station – and they get to work with an operating system they’re familiar with (Windows is still the most widespread operating system out there).

“Windows MultiPoint Server is designed to enable multiple people to share access to a single host PC through a “station” simultaneously. A station is a device that connects to a host PC running Windows MultiPoint Server via USB and connects to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Windows MultiPoint Server shares out an “instance” of Windows to a specific station via Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services) technology built in to Windows Server 2008 R2. If you have 1 host PC with Windows MultiPoint Server, you can support up to 10 people connecting to it and using it at the same time (hardware permitting of course). Each person independently controls familiar Windows experience,” explained Windows Communications Manager with Microsoft, Brandon LeBlanc.

Additional information on Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is available on the official site here.



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