This week is dominated by the yearly Citrix Synergy that is holding place in Los Angelas. Of course, one of the biggest sponsors is as every year Dell Wyse.
Dell Wyse has quite a big booth at the show and used this space and several good sessions, to present all the latest and greatest they have or will have in the near future.
Things to mention from the show are for sure the release of WE8S (no, this is not a typo). WE8S stands for Windows Embedded 8 Standard. With this release Dell Wyse is the first to market with the new Microsoft Embedded OS. Features like multi-touch, modern UI and gestures and access to Windows 8 apps offer the end user an immersive multimedia experience with all the essential tools for workplace productivity. The Windows Embedded 8 Standard-based D class and Z class thin clients come armed with industry-leading remote protocols including Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 with RemoteFX, Citrix Receiver, Dell vWorkspace Connector, and VMware Horizon View Client.
At the moment of release WE8S will be running on the D- and Z-class. As WE8S is a lot bigger than its succedor, it will need a 16GB flash locally. Other great features of this new OS are the new Write Filter, called Unified Write Filter (UWF), support for direct install of the MS hotfixes, the included SCCM support, or brand new scripts to easily sysprep the images. The UWF combines the best from the old Enhanced Write Filter, the current File Based Write Filter with several new features. This will allow you to again commit changes on the fly, exclude not only files and folders but also Registry settings and much more.
Although Windows 8 has currently not the best reputation in the market, this again shows the strong relationship between Dell Wyse and Microsoft and of course, the commitment of Dell Wyse to bring the latest technology to the customers.
Dell Wyse also released the new ThinOS 8 code this week. Along with this new firmware itself, they will release it for the first time on a dual core processor. As already presented on this years Cebit as a tech preview, now it is time to get your hands on the upcoming D10D. With the D10D you will get the fastest OS on a superb hardware. And it is not only the hardware that is brand new to ThinOS. Also a lot of features found their way in the new firmware. Here are some of them:
1. Industry first non-Windows RDP 8 implementation with RemoteFX, TS Gateway, UDP and VOR (H.264 redirection) support.
2. Custom Citrix Receiver 3.x implementation with seamless, HDX 3D Pro, HDX Multi-stream combined with unique QOS per V-Channel.
3. Quest vWS support for Desktop and Applications with vWS 8.0 (no compatibility mode required!)
4. Enhanced wireless support with ability to Scan wireless networks, and save multiple connections into a configurable wireless profile including priority assignment.
5. Imprivata One Sign Server support for Citrix XA+XD & VMware View; providing improved no click access, single sign-on, and strong authentication login.
Last but not least, Dell Wyse is powering one of their big screen at the booth with its Android driven stick which adds smart functions to every TV. Dell made a lot of noise around this USB stick-like device in the last months but not it looks like they are near the finish line.