Microsoft Releases Windows Thin PC to Subscribers

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Windows Thin PC, built from Windows Embedded Standard 7 and is designed to provide a generalized version of the lightweight Embedded OS that is typically used in kiosks and various other embedded systems, has been released to Software Assurance customers today.

WinTPC, which was released to manufacturing June 7th, is a “locked-down version of Windows 7” with a user interface similar to the company’s Windows 7 operating system. WinTPC also has a few security features found in Windows 7 such as BitLocker and AppLocker.

“WinTPC is designed to be a thin client device, and therefore only applications that fall into the certain categories are enabled. These categories include security, management, terminal emulation, Remote Desktop and similar technologies, web browsers, media players, instant messaging clients, document viewers, NET Framework and Java Virtual Machine. If customers want to locally run productivity applications such as Microsoft Office, or any other application that does not fall into the categories mentioned above, they would be better off using a PC, as thin client computing may not be the best fit for their scenarios,” says Microsoft on the uses for WinTPC.

WinTPC is also available to Microsoft’s TechNet and MSDN subscribers and can be downloaded by Microsoft partners with Silver or Gold competencies in desktop and virtualization specialties.

You can also download the WinTPC FAQ for further details on the operating system.

Volume licensing customers can get WinTPC here.