Convert your PC into thin clients with Windows® Thin PC
There is good news for all those who have old PCs and want to replace them with the latest ones. Microsoft, recently, released its "locked-down version of Windows 7", more popularly known as Windows Thin PC or WinTPC. This will convert your older PCs into thin clients.
WinTPC has a smaller footprint and write filters, which provide a reduced attack surface and protection to your hard disk by preventing users and application from writing on the hard disk of the computer. It also uses security features of Windows 7 like AppLocker and BitLocker. This virtual desktop infrastructure technology can run on any computer capable of running Windows 7.
Microsoft plans to enhance the features of WinTPC by adding Forefront Endpoint Protection support by the third quarter of this year. Windows Embedded Device manager 2011 and System Center Configuration Manager are presently being used to manage WinTPC.
WinTPC supports applications that run on Remote Desktop Services and terminal emulation, and those which are based on Java Virtual Machine and .NET Framework. It also supports applications like media players, document viewers, instant messaging clients, and web browsers. But WinTPC also has some limitations. It cannot provide support to running productivity applications like Microsoft Office.
According to Microsoft, WinTPC will be available in the market by July 1, 2011.