Microsoft to End Windows Thin PC Support in October

Suggests moving to newer, less costly alternatives

Microsoft plans to halt support for its Windows Thin PC service later this fall, and suggests users instead look for more modern alternatives.

A little over a year after its decision to end support for Windows 7, Microsoft also will be putting Windows Thin PC to bed this October. "For organizations still maintaining Windows Thin PC, Microsoft recommends that you consider moving to a newer remote desktop client," reads the announcement on the Microsoft Tech Community website.

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Windows Thin PC has been available as a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution since 2011. VDIs essentially act as a bridge for remote work, allowing you to log on to your office computer from other devices in other locations.

As TechRadar points out, Windows Thin PC is roughly a decade old and operates on Windows 7—which Microsoft no longer supports. The virtual desktop doesn't measure up to more current remote desktop services.

If you (or your workplace) still uses Windows Thin PC for remote access, you have time to look for alternatives. Windows has its own built-in service, called Windows Remote Desktop, which supports WIndows XP through Windows 10 operating systems.

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If you use Chrome's web browser, there's also Chrome Remote Desktop. Or there are several other free remote access tools available.

Microsoft officially will be discontinuing support for Windows Thin PC on October 12.

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