Microsoft has said on Wednesday that it plans to offer a new version of Windows 7, which will be designed specifically for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) customers. More on that, after the break.
It will be called Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) and will be released as a beta version on Microsoft’s Connect site, the company says. Launch of the first version of WinTPC is said to occur in the end of March.
Windows Thin PC is actually a smaller, much more simplified version of Windows 7 which has been designed for virtualised environments to rebuild their existing PCs as thin clients.
Windows Commercial business General Manager Gavriella Schuster says:
PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops
As per reports received up till now, Microsoft does not plan on charging customers for Windows Thin PC, as it is going to offer it as part of Microsoft’s Software Assurance offerings for customers. Microsoft’s Software Assurance Licensing businesses of any size to spread licence costs over multiple years and receive “free” upgrades to newer versions during the licence period.