Microsoft has confirmed the RTM of Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) in an email sent to the early adopters that have tested the Beta and Release Candidate (RC) development milestones of the new operating system flavor.
"WinTPC is nothing more than the reduced footprint, locked down version of Windows 7. The platform is designed for customers that need a replacement for Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, but without the additional licensing hassles."
In this regard, Windows Thin PC willn't be offered as a standalone commercial product. Instead, designed for Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenarios, WinTPC will be made available to customers with Software Assurance or Windows VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license agreements as an additional benefit.
"Windows Thin PC is an SA benefit. Customers with active SA coverage on their PCs will be able to install WinTPC on those devices. Customers without active SA coverage on their PCs can get SA by purchasing a Windows Virtual Desktop Access subscription, which includes SA benefits such as WinTPC. However, only devices with an existing Windows client OS (Professional / Business, Enterprise, Ultimate) qualify for WinTPC," Microsoft explains.
Here's Microsoft's email:
We appreciate your feedback and enthusiasm throughout the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview. Today, we are happy to announce that Windows Thin PC has been released to manufacturing (RTM), and will be available for our SA customers to download starting July 1, 2011.
As a result, we will be effectively ending out CTP program effective today, June 6th, 2011. However, the RC build of Windows thin PC will still be available to download at the CTP site, along with associated documentation until the product launches to customers. Additionally, you may refer to our general Windows Thin PC website, to get the latest information on Windows Thin PC.
Again, we thank you for all the feedback and evaluation provided in helping make the Windows Thin PC a success in the Windows community.