The Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS) launched by Microsoft in India recently, is a solution that multiplies the power of one PC several fold – whithout a matching increase in cost. It allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer, thereby increasing access to affordable computing in educational scenarios like classrooms, labs and libraries. Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is an operating system that allows multiple stations to draw their processing power from one traditional desktop PC, providing each student an independent monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The solution allows upto 10 stations to be connected to one traditional PC via a simple USB device ‘Linksmart’. With this solution, schools in India can now look to increasing the power of its available computers at half the cost it would take to buy and run a conventional set-up. To bring this alive, Microsoft is working with education-specific ISVs including NIIT and Educomp to ship solutions for WMS.
The solution allows teachers to assign and distribute work assignments based on each student’s level and need, or establish a consistent experience, depending on the needs of the class (check out the video). Students can work on individual projects and at their own pace, while finding, using and sharing information effectively, enhancing their productivity and learning experience. All this can be done within the classroom, since Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 was designed for non-technical professionals to set-up and manage.
Additional benefits include the light management load for educational establishments since the stations don’t have individual processors or storage. The same reason also makes this type of setup environmentally friendly since it requires less energy.
Some of the core benefits that WMS offers:
Let us hope WMS is able to solve the problem of education in our country by creating an environment that makes learning more motivating, relevant, collaborative, and engaging for today’s students!