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Windows MultiPoint Server, a Microsoft product designed to provide a shared computing resource for educational institutions, is being used in classrooms around the world and is particularly helpful to developing nations where technology is harder to access. Windows MultiPoint Server only requires one server to power multiple Windows 7 desktop experiences versus powering several desktop PCs. As a result, it helps lower power requirements to provide an added environmental benefit in places around the world where reliable power is scarce.
Between hardware and software costs and difficulties in obtaining reliable energy at affordable prices, giving students access to modern technology is not always possible. The lack of access to reliable power has been a critical barrier developing countries, especially in the challenges faced in the redevelopment of Haiti. This USA Today story discusses how Windows MultiPoint Server is helping address this issue in a country that is power restrained and in most cases are still not connected to the grid and schools rely on generators for power.
In Kenya, Microsoft and NGO partners NetHope and World Vision installed Windows MultiPoint Server to a community center in a remote village near Kijodo in Southern Kenya. A solar power installation is helping to provide the power for the computing needs and the Internet connection is received via satellite. This video shows that Windows MultiPoint Server doubled the number of workstations available to schoolchildren and members of the community in this remote location.
This is a great example of how technology can help deliver both educational and environmental benefits to people around the world. To learn more about Windows MultiPoint Server, go here: www.microsoft.com/multipointserver.
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