Dell is moving forward with plans to introduce Wyse thin clients designed for Microsoft's new Windows 8 OS, just 60 days after Dell acquired the thin-client company.
The devices will be tuned to work with the touch-based Metro user-interface in Windows 8, and the new hardware will be shown at VMware's VMworld conference in San Francisco between August 26 and 30, said Jeff McNaught, chief strategy and marketing officer of the Wyse business unit at Dell.
Microsoft's Windows 8 OS is due for release on tablets and PCs later this year. The OS has improved virtual desktop features and the touch interface that could make thin clients more interactive with a tablet-like usage model, McNaught said. One example would be kiosks, which could capture information better with touch.
McNaught declined to provide details on the type of thin clients Dell would launch, but said the hardware would provide more "finely tuned" experiences based on Windows 8.
Dell's Wyse unit offers a range of products including thin clients in the form of laptops, monitors and zero-client desktop boxes. Virtual desktops are served to the thin clients either via centralised or virtualised servers, and Wyse also provides desktop virtualisation tools to enable remote desktops. For example, the company provides PocketCloud for tablets and smartphones based on Apple's iOS or Google's Android so the mobile devices can access files on Windows and Macintosh computers.
Wyse thin clients are based on x86 and ARM processors, and run on the proprietary ThinOS, Linux and embedded Windows OSes. Wyse also offers a software stack compatible with Microsoft, VMware and Citrix virtualised environments.
Dell bought Wyse to become a major vendor in the virtual desktop space, which is still growing, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Dell offered virtual desktop products, but Wyse has a far broader range of assets, including sophisticated management software and related services for provisioning of virtual desktops to a wide range of devices.