IGEL Technology Updates Support for Microsoft Desktop Services in Upcoming Firmware Release
IGEL’s firmware update integrates Microsoft RDP 8.0 with new RemoteFX features for a better user experience with Windows Embedded-powered thin clients
Cincinnati, Ohio – February 5, 2013 – IGEL Technology, the world's largest independent thin client manufacturer, announced today that by the end of the month, all models of its Universal Desktop series thin clients running Windows Embedded Standard 7 will support the new features in Windows Remote Desktop Services, making them ready for Windows Server 2012. This update also means Microsoft RemoteFX will function even better in wide area networks (WAN) and extend the range of uses for high-performance remote connections.
IGEL Technology's first firmware release of the yea, scheduled for the end of February, will include a comprehensive update of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services for all thin client models in its UD3, UD5 and UD9 series running the Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system. This support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 will allow users to take immediate advantage of the many new features that Microsoft has introduced with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
One of the new features available is the RemoteFX for WAN feature, which provides users with a smooth, stable delivery of applications and graphical content including rich media and 3D visual effects. This means that virtualized Windows desktops and applications can now be broadly delivered to IGEL thin clients over WANs with a high level of graphics quality that is nearly identical to that of a local area network (LAN), without employing local codecs or multimedia redirection. The RemoteFX Adaptive Graphics feature delivers a smooth, stable and rich graphics experience that dynamically adapts to the server load, the client access device load (client rendering speed) and network characteristics. What’s more, all the features and benefits offered by the Windows 8 user interface – as well as Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash animations, high-resolution videos or 3D applications – can now also be readily used on a WAN.
By integrating the native Microsoft RDP client into its firmware, IGEL is ensuring that it provides the most up-to-date virtual work environment, one that can fully stand up to comparisons with a Windows desktop PC. With Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and the best driver support for peripherals such as scanners, CD drives and security tools, IGEL continues to offer optimum performance and the best user experience in Microsoft virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments.
“With this new firmware, our Windows Embedded Standard 7 thin clients can now take full advantage of all of the benefits of Windows Server 2012 while also providing the full range of RemoteFX features and the best possible user experience," says IGEL Technology Product Manager, Matthias Haas. "We’re also working hard on support for the upcoming Windows Embedded 8 platform, which will allow even greater increases in the flexibility and performance of centralized virtual desktop infrastructures within mixed IT environments.”