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You can build a computer center with
fewer computers. Compared to typical arrangements, Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS)
costs surprisingly less to adopt and maintain, saves electricity, and gives
administrators group controls. For nonprofit groups with many different
missions, it’s helping people access technology ... for much less.
MultiPoint Server software allows
several people — each with only a monitor, keyboard, and mouse — to have their
own virtual desktops, using one host computer. Individual users can work
independently, save and share files, customize individual settings, and log in
at any station. Unlike more complicated virtualization systems, this software
is intended to be turnkey, so you’ll be up and running fast. Workstations
connect directly, via USB, or as thin clients over a network.
Microsoft introduced WMS in
classrooms, but this software works in any setting that doesn’t require
advanced processing power. Some real-world users include:
Microsoft commissioned a study (of users in emerging
market countries) that indicated 66 percent savings over the
Beyond savings, the WMS
application is intended to make administrators’ lives easier ... and make
them mind readers too. Administrators can view what users are doing, send out
messages to all users, restrict websites, or share tasks on screen.
Two versions of Windows
MultiPoint Server are available for donation from TechSoup: standard
edition hosts up to 10 stations and premium
edition hosts up to 20. If more stations and hosts are needed, the administrator
is able to manage multiple host computers from a single station.
If you’re thinking of
using WMS for a library or a training center, an after-school program or a
crisis shelter, you can find out more about whether this application fits your
needs here. Or log in
to your TechSoup account and take our Eligibility Quiz to see if you
qualify for Microsoft Donations.
Refurbishers can get WMS for a low cost through the
Top image: Diagram of a Windows MultiPoint Server sample setup (Microsoft)
Second image: Children in a classroom sit in front of monitors and keyboards (Microsoft)
Bottom image: Demo showing a view of the screens of multiple users (Microsoft)
This works with laptops?
This is an excellent question! According to our product experts, this software can work with a laptop if it meets certain requirements. Here's what I was told:
"It's quite possible to use laptops for both the server and workstations. The server needs to be pretty hefty -- at least a duo core processor with lots of RAM."
Also feel free to check out these requirements in more detail at this post: "How to Reuse Old Laptops with Windows MultiPoint Server" at forums.techsoup.org/.../how-to-reuse-old-laptops-with-windows-multipoint-server.aspx
Thanks! Have a great day!