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Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, on Thursday announced it's working with Microsoft to market school IT labs and one-to-one computing solutions that allow a cost effective delivery of innovative IT enabled education. These solutions are available through Wyse and Microsoft education channel partners to educational institutions worldwide.

Among the solutions for education are: an entry level shared computing option for school computing labs combining Wyse zero clients and Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2011, or a powerful and scalable cloud PC solution using Wyse WSM software, providing schools with centrally-managed, scalable one-to-one computing for students. Both solutions are secure and easy to set up and run, delivering a great Windows 7 desktop experience for students. For mobile students, Wyse offers the popular PocketCloud mobile cloud software family delivering access to student desktops and content from a variety of handheld devices.

In the school labs solution, the combination of Wyse E class zero clients and Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 enables fully-licensed shared resource computing, with multiple students able to access a single computer with a high quality Windows 7 computing experience. Teachers require no special technical skills to run the Wyse zero clients, which simply plug in and are automatically configured. This combined with the easy set up and manageability of Windows Multipoint Server, results in lower operational costs with computer downtime and support issues significantly reduced.

When educators are looking for a cost effective, scalable way to provide a computer for every student, Wyse offers the Wyse WSM solution which provides full PC functionality with the benefits of centralized management and maintenance-free diskless clients. Time consuming PC management tasks such as OS upgrades, service packs or new application installations are done once centrally on the server, avoiding the need to visit individual desktops. The diskless clients are more secure and reliable than traditional PCs, cost less to buy and operate, and consume a small fraction of the electricity.

Students and educators around the world are increasingly turning to tablets in classrooms and labs. Wyse enables these devices to access Windows-based curriculum software from anywhere using Wyse PocketCloud, enabling everything from remote access to content management.

Educators are already using these solutions to transform ICT in their schools and colleges. In South Africa, 2.5 million students in schools will be provided with access to a cloud computing laboratory by 2013. Over 70,000 student desktops with access to the latest software and Internet content using Wyse cloud software and cloud PCs have already been installed. The Serbian government is using a Windows MultiPoint Server and Wyse zero client solution to expand access to the latest learning technologies enabling over 30,000 desktops nationwide.

Tarkan Maner, President & CEO at Wyse Technology, said: "We're extremely proud of how Wyse has worked with Microsoft to widen access to the benefits of digital classrooms for millions of students in places where school ICT was often unheard of. This collaboration enables us and our partners to offer affordable solutions for educators who want to provide a fantastic online learning experience within tight budgets."

Anthony Salcito, vice president of worldwide education, Microsoft Corp., said: "Working with Wyse will help us deliver cost effective access to Windows 7 desktops to classrooms around the world. Together we have evolved a solution that will enable our sales organisations and channel partners to meet the demand for affordable e-learning in some of the fastest growing educational ICT markets globally."

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