Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, a new Microsoft Windows product was released 2-24-10. It may be a godsend to schools and school districts because it provides educational scenarios such as classrooms, labs and libraries. It presents users the ability to simultaneously use and share one computer using multiple screens. For budget pressed educational districts this can be a welcome move.
Come March 1, MultiPoint Server 2010 will be rolling out to Microsoft academic volume licensing customers. In addition, new partnerships will be created with hardware manufacturing companies that create an ecosystem that give customers a variety of choices to buy and use Windows MultiPoint Server solutions.
What is MultiPoint Server 2010?
One computer – multiple users. Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is an operating system built from the Windows7 kernel that allows individual users to connect to a single computer. They will still have their own screen, keyboard and mouse.
Is individual control lost? No, each person icontrols their own station giving them a virtual experience. Students will be able to work on assignments, see a teachers presentation, create documents and so on.
This is the flagship product in a growing family of Microsoft shared resource computing technologies. The MultiPoint solutions, which provide teachers and students with greater access to educational technology, have been used in foreign countries, like Indonesia.
The shared resource technology is a developing concept that allows a user or group of users to tap into more of a computer’s capability. Even when computer prices continue to go down, educators will need to find ways to bring computer technology to their schools and pupils.
10 Things that You Can Do with MultiPoint Server
- Give each student a personal computing experience.
- Provide an account to every student.
- Easily manage student accounts.
- Easily share files, videos, and more with and between groups of students.
- Create private folders for students to save their private data.
- Watch videos or listen to music and podcasts without disturbing everyone else.
- Install an application once and see it appear automatically on all user stations.
- Pause your work with the Disconnect feature, saving teacher and student time.
- Easily monitor the system.
- Get updates and patches through Microsoft Windows Update.
Who is Building the Hardware Technology?
Helping to achieve the opportunities created by Windows MultiPoint Server, the MultiPoint solution has assistance from worldwide vendors that have committed to developing hardware for the MultiPoint platform.
Last year in November 2009, HP announced support for Windows MultiPoint Server 2010. HP has developed the MultiSeat shared resource solution and is rolling it out to customers. In addition to HP, Microsoft is also in partnerships with DisplayLink, NComputing, ThinGlobal, Tritton Technologies Inc. and Wyse Technology Inc..
In the US, Microsoft is also working with an variety of manufacturers such as Howard, Positivo, Seneca Data and Tarox, to bring other choices to meet the different needs of customers.
Microsoft Multipoint server page can be accessed here.
More information on how to buy Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 and the Windows MultiPoint family of solutions is available at click here.