Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) available for download from the WinTPC RC site.
“It’s been a busy month for the Windows Thin PC team. Since the launch of the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) program on March 28 we’ve seen tremendous interest in the product with thousands of downloads of the software. So, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize our enthusiastic community of well over 12,000 customers and partners who’ve signed up for the Technology Preview program,’ stated Karri Alexion-Tiernan on windows team blog.
Windows Thin PC (Win TPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP). It’s a version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients. Win TPC doesn’t require the VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license to access VDI desktops. The product is built on top of Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1, and supports RemoteFX and enterprise management via System Center Configuration Manager.
The final Win TPC product will be available to Software Assurance volume licensees only, but the test builds are available to the general public. According to a May 2 blog post, Microsoft is planning to deliver the final version of Win TPC some time on or before June 30.
Also, announced today that “Microsoft plan to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) within this quarter (Q2 CY2011).” “Windows Thin PC will be made available as an SA benefit, and customers with active SA or Windows VDA on their Windows PCs will be able to deploy Windows Thin PC to their environments after RTM,” Karri added.[Source: Windows team blog]