In my 19 years at Microsoft, I've never seen a product evolve as much as Microsoft MultiPoint Server has in such a short period of time. Buying more computers to provide more students with access to technology is not the only expense schools are worried about…there are also budget considerations for energy and maintenance.

With Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2011, one host computer can be shared by up to 20 users simultaneously reducing upfront hardware acquisition costs as well as ongoing operational costs. I’ve previously blogged about the benefits of Microsoft’s MultiPoint solutions here. With the 2011 version, there are even more benefits that extend the life of computing and provide collaboration spaces where you can connect a group. 

One of my favorite new features is in the management console called MultiPoint Manager (video). It’s great for teachers to easily monitor what all the kids are working on and keep them focused. From the teacher’s desktop, you can zoom in on a student’s screen, block activity, open and close applications and put restrictions on Internet access to specific sites.

Recently, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) for Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 for schools in emerging markets. The study found that schools “can expect an ROI of 206%, a “payback” period of less than five months, and an overall cost savings of 66% compared to the alternative scenario of investing in a traditional 1:1 computing environment.” Click here to read the full report (PDF download) and check out the latest customer success stories from Czech Republic, India and Nepal below.