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Back in January, Gavriella Schuster published a blog post introducing Windows MultiPoint Server 2011. Windows MultiPoint Server is designed to make technology access easier and more affordable for educational institutions. What Windows MultiPoint Server does is a PC’s excess capability to enable a single PC to support multiple users simultaneously. It can be used for in classrooms, labs and libraries. Today, we are happy to announce that the trial for Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center for download. Later this week, Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 will be available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download. Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 will be available in 2 editions: Standard and Premium. The difference between the two is that Standard will not support domain-joining and allow for only up 10 stations (or 10 sessions) while Premium is domain-joinable, supports up to 20 stations (or 20 sessions), and supports Hyper-V. Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 will be available for purchase by Volume License customers on March 1st with broader availability happening in mid-April.
Last week, I met up with Dean Paron from the Windows MultiPoint Server Team where we shot a video of him talking through Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and its features. Give it a watch:
It was really exciting to see Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 in action for myself. It was great seeing the type of experience a student would have with Windows MultiPoint Server which provides a Windows 7 desktop experience - at the same time empathize with the realities of what teachers and instructors are up against with limited resources and tight budgets. I can easily see where Windows MultiPoint Server can make a difference. Here are a few features in Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 that I think really impact both student and teach productivity in the classroom:
And there are features that make Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 easy to manage from the IT Professional perspective:
It was wonderful to get a first-hand look at Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and its functionality. It was also awesome getting to speak to Dean to get insight on its features and functionality.
We’re on track to make Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 generally available next month. It will be available in Academic Volume License, Open Volume License, and OEM channels which is great as that means more people will have access to Windows MultiPoint Server! I also suggest reading Dean’s blog post on the Windows Small Business Server blog for more details on Windows MultiPoint Server 2011.
Wow, WMS 2011 looks amazing!! Congrats to everyone in the WMS team :)
Yay! Congrats everyone! I'm super excited that I got to play with WMS 2011 when I was out there! It's awesome!
Such technology would be useful in mainstream Windows or Windows Server as well but Microsoft is too restrictive IMHO about simultaneous Remote Desktop connections technology licensing which MultiPoint uses. It's like again producing a separate Terminal Server edition of Windows just to allow multiple users to connect simultaneously.
Btw the equivalent Linux-based offering from Userful does have a way to multi-user enable regular Linux distribution.
Witcht client hardware was used in this presentation ?