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Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is a Windows-based solution for schools that can either be used as a single host computer to power multiple, simultaneous and independent user stations or can be used to help manage existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 classroom computers. It has a low total cost of ownership, is easy to set up and use and gives educators the tools and technology they need to prepare their students for success.

One computer, many students

Putting computing power into the hands of more students

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 addresses the problem of affordability by giving each student his or her own station with a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse; these stations are then connected to a single computer and share its processing power. The teacher monitors and manages the learning experience of every student from a central station, extending the ability to guide classroom activities and help students individually.

Makes school computing more affordable

With Windows MultiPoint Server 2012, schools can lower the upfront cost of technology, consume less energy, and reduce on-going operating costs.

  • Lowers the upfront cost of technology - Rather than buying a computer for every student, with Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 the school provides each student with a station - monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Typically, five to 10 stations are connected to one computer (the host), sharing its processing capacity and reducing the upfront cost of technology by a third. To further extend reach, the split screen feature of Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 gives two students an individual computing experience, while each works with his or her own keyboard and mouse.
  • Consumes less energy - With Windows MultiPoint Server 2012, you need fewer computers to serve many students, and stations use a fraction of the power that a computer does. The result? A tangible reduction in power consumption and associated costs - potentially up to 67 percent lower.
  • Reduces on-going operating costs - Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 introduces cost savings because there are fewer computers to maintain and less software to purchase and upgrade. It also requires less skill and greatly reduces the labour needed to set up and maintain a high-functioning computing environment.

Empowers educators, engages students

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 enables schools to give all students their own computing stations, supporting teachers in their efforts to guide every student's experience using a system that's easy to learn and use.

  • Gives all students their own computing stations - With Windows MultiPoint Server 2012, students have their own stations so they can work independently. Just as if they each had a personal computer (PC), students can personalise Windows Internet Explorer, customise their desktops, and save their class work in private or public folders and on personal flash drives. Plus, students (teachers, too) get the latest Windows experience.
  • Enable teachers to guide every student's experience - Teachers have access to an easy-to-use MultiPoint Dashboard on their stations, from which they can interact with students and guide their work.
  • Work with individual students to help them stay on task - Small images, or 'thumbnails,' on the MultiPoint Dashboard give teachers a bird's-eye view of each student's desktop. They can zoom in for a closer look at what a student is doing, communicate with a student via instant messaging, or take control of a student's desktop to demonstrate something or make corrections.
  • Work with the class as a group - When teachers want to focus student attention, they can block all station activity. They can also launch or close programs and restrict Internet access to specific websites - for example, those relevant to a particular lesson. Or, if teachers want everyone to see what's on a desktop - their own or a student's - a single click projects it at every station. Teachers can also save files to a shared folder, making it easy for students to collaborate.
  • Launch a program on one or all desktops - The MultiPoint Dashboard shows what programs are installed on the host computer, enabling teachers to quickly launch a program on every station.
  • Get a system that's easy to learn and use - Because Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is built on the familiar Windows environment, any teacher with Windows experience will be productive in a short time. And after technical staff have set them up, starting the stations each day is as uncomplicated as turning on the host computer.

Provides simple setup, easy management

No matter what your computing experience and technical knowledge, you'll find that Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 offers a simple, flexible installation that's easy to manage and return to a healthy state, and enables the use of most Windows-based educational software.

  • Simple, flexible installation - You can connect stations directly to the host computer via USB ports or video cards, connect them through the school's local area network (LAN), or use a hybrid of both methods.
  • Easy manageability and return to a healthy state - Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 offers MultiPoint Manager, a console that makes it easy to discover other host computers in the system. After the system is installed, you can add and remove stations by just plugging them in. Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 also offers disk protection, a feature that is particularly helpful where computers are shared, such as in computer labs and libraries. You can set the server to restore the system to a known good state every time you restart the system.

Many computers, optimised teaching

Managing learning when students have their own computers

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 helps schools that have many computers using Windows 7 or Windows 8 to manage them for better learning experiences.

Set up Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 on a central computer (the server); then install MultiPoint Connector on each computer in that classroom - desktop, laptop, or tablet, whether they belong to the school or student. This centralises control over all those computers, giving the teacher a straightforward and manageable way to coordinate and support student learning.

Optimises interaction between teachers and students

Teachers have access to an easy-to-use MultiPoint Dashboard on their stations, from which they can interact with students and guide their work.

  • Work with individual students to help them stay on task - Small images, or 'thumbnails,' on the MultiPoint Dashboard give teachers a bird's-eye view of each student's desktop. They can zoom in for a closer look at what a student is doing, communicate with a student via instant messaging, or take control of a student's desktop to demonstrate something or make corrections.
  • Work with the class as a group - When teachers want to focus student attention, they can block all station activity. They can also launch or close programs and restrict Internet access to specific websites - for example, those relevant to a particular lesson. If a teacher wants everyone to see what's on a desktop - a new class lesson or an example of good student work - a single click projects it at every station.
  • Share files - Teachers can also save files in a folder that everyone shares, making it easier to communicate homework assignments and support student collaboration.
  • Get a system that's easy to use - Once Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is set up and MultiPoint Connector is installed on every classroom computer, managing those computers is as straightforward as turning them on.

Provides flexible installation, simple management

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 was designed to be easy to install and maintain, regardless of the level of technical knowledge of those responsible for computer technology in the school.

Any computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 (excluding Windows RT and any earlier versions of Windows) can work with Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 - laptop, desktop, or tablet, with or without touch capabilities. You can install the server on a PC in each classroom or on virtual machines in the school or district datacenter.

Windows MultiPoint Server is simple and cost-effective to licence - all you need is Windows MultiPoint Server for the host computer, a Windows MultiPoint Server CAL for each station and a Windows Server CAL for each station. Commonly in customer environments with existing Windows Server licenses; Windows Server CALs will have been purchased already. To prevent a situation of buying the same CAL twice, Microsoft has provided two licensing options. One option of the Windows MultiPoint Server CAL includes the Windows Server CAL and the other option excludes it to recognise an existing CAL ownership.

For further details on licensing MultiPoint Server, please contact us.

Windows MultiPoint Server Standard

For a maximum of 10 simultaneously connected stations with no domain join supported.

Windows MultiPoint Server Premium

For a maximum of 20 simultaneously connected stations with domain join supported.

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