Dell changes the game in cloud client computing once again as one of the industry’s first thin client providers to offer thin clients based on Windows Embedded 8 Standard combining the security, low power, and high performance benefits of the Dell Wyse D class and Z class thin client platforms with the latest advances of the Windows Embedded 8 platform for a more robust virtual desktop environment. Features like multi-touch, modern UI and gestures and access to Windows 8 apps offer the end user an immersive multimedia experience with all the essential tools for workplace productivity.

Through its work with Microsoft, Dell continues to differentiate itself from the competition with powerful thin clients coupled with efficient virtual desktop infrastructure. “Microsoft’s ongoing work with Dell has helped deliver a flexible virtual desktop experience for our customers connecting intelligent systems across the unique environments found in the healthcare, retail and hospitality industries,” said David Wurster, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. “We are pleased to provide the market with the next generation of thin client solutions that deliver the manageability and security enterprises need with the enhanced capabilities for a more intuitive user experience, including touch.”

Dell Wyse’s new  thin clients with Windows Embedded 8 Standard offer all the advantages of desktop virtualization including greater security, easier desktop management, and increased work productivity without compromising user experience. Featuring powerful dual-core AMD integrated graphics processing units (GPUs), these new Windows Embedded 8 Standard-based thin clients work at the speed of business.

These new thin clients have the power to handle demanding software and productivity applications and display high definition graphics and videos.  As users access their virtual and local desktops on the Dell Wyse thin clients, the Windows Embedded 8 Standard platform delivers a unified experience and gives users local access to content when they do not have access to the cloud.

This new advancement benefits industries like financial services with a high-fidelity virtual desktop experience that is unmatched. A top New York-based financial institution is just one of Dell’s customers who relies on desktop virtualization to mitigate the IT challenges presented by keeping highly sensitive, regulated data secure and has been piloting Windows Embedded 8 to improve the end-user experience.

Optimized for touch, the Windows Embedded 8 Standard-based thin clients are also ideal for industries that require access to dynamic, frequently changing and customized information. For example, thin clients based on Windows Embedded 8 offer the retail industry a secure, manageable and affordable option for point-of-service, digital signage and interactive kiosk applications.

Enterprises across all sectors gain greater IT efficiencies on the back-end with the new Dell Wyse Windows Embedded 8 Standard-based thin clients. The operating system gives IT departments the flexibility to customize user configurations and set policies at the user level from the cloud to simplify the management of the thin client devices. To streamline IT management further, Dell Wyse thin clients based on Windows Embedded 8 Standard also incorporate a configurable version of Microsoft Windows Defender to secure thin clients against malware.  With Dell Wyse Windows Embedded 8 Standard-based thin clients, users can customize their own start screen, start menu toolbar, and desktop shortcuts for even greater ease and command of how they access key resources from the desktop.

The Windows Embedded 8 Standard-based D class and Z class thin clients come armed with industry-leading remote protocols including Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 with RemoteFX, Citrix Receiver, Dell vWorkspace Connector, and VMware Horizon View Client.  They also feature various hardware options for demanding workloads including optional disk and memory, and support for up to eight displays.