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HP thin client runs Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

Steve Rogerson
September 3, 2015
 
Hewlett-Packard introduced what it claims is the world's thinnest, lightest and most powerful quad-core mobile thin client computer at this week’s VMWorld conference in San Francisco. The MT42 runs Microsoft’s recently launched Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Thin Clients.
 
The computer weighs 1.5kg and is 1.9cm thick, but provides up to 3.0GHz speed using AMD quad-core processing technology – this is a ten per cent higher clock speed and it has an additional two cores of processing power compared with the previous generation.
 
The computer is suitable for business customers in the financial, healthcare, training, services and government sectors looking for a reliable and secure mobile-cloud access point that's packed to perform and built for virtualised environments.
 
"The business world is moving to the cloud more and more, creating a demand for mobile-cloud endpoints that allow users to stay productive and secure on the go," said Jim Zafarana, HP’s vice president and general manager for workstations and thin clients. "The HP MT42 gives our customers that exact kind of power and flexibility, while allowing for streamlined deployments with our HP-exclusive management software."
 
Over the past few years, thin client sales have risen as market needs such as BYOD (bring your own device), security and compatibility drive demand for alternative computing options. HP was named the global thin client share leader for the second quarter of 2015 with 27.6 per cent, and has maintained the number one worldwide market leadership position for Windows-based thin client shipments for the past seven years.
 
Companies are grappling with issues such as global collaboration, privacy regulations and cost control, and the MT42 is claimed to have the technology that can bring it all together seamlessly. End-users and admins alike can now access the cloud and their virtual desktops on the move with the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Thin Clients on a fully-loaded design without the bulk.
 
The machine's ID features a 35.6cm diagonal full HD display; the highest HP mobile thin client display resolution of 1920 x 1080, plus a USB-C port and 150Ëš extra-wide hinge range to improve viewing options. The 2015 HP-advanced spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad with four external click-buttons complete the design.
 
Next-generation AMD Carrizo quad-core processing technology and AMD Radeon R6 Graphics are said to make the computer a productivity powerhouse. HP-exclusive management and user experience software, such as HP Device Manager, HP Velocity and HP Easy Shell, are standard at no additional cost, and make it easy to deploy, manage and maintain bases in a few clicks.
 
The computer will be available with Windows Embedded 7E (32bit) and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for Thin Clients. HP also plans for Windows 10 IoT availability on the HP T620, HP T620 Plus and HP T520 thin clients.