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New Sun Thin Clients Ready To Access Windows Apps

Sun Microsystems this quarter plans to ship new software for its thin-client architecture that will include support for Windows applications. The vendor also introduced two new thin clients.

The new offering, slated to ship at the end of May as part of the Sun Ray Software package, will offer full-screen access to Windows applications, said Alan Brenner, senior vice president of the Client Systems Group–Software at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun.

Access to Windows Terminal Services is possible thanks to a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that Sun developed in-house, Brenner said. Sun licensed Microsoft's RDP specification last year after the companies pledged to work together more closely on interoperability, he said.

Sun's thin-client architecture currently supports Solaris and Linux applications. The Windows addition will open up a variety options for companies relying on thin clients, according to Brenner.

"With Sun Ray [Software], you can now do full-screen Windows, Linux and Solaris," he said.

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