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IGEL Improves User Experience for Windows-Embedded thin clients

IGEL's latest firmware update integrates Microsoft RDP 8.0 with new RemoteFX features for a better user experience with Windows Embedded-powered thin clients.

From the end of February, all models in IGEL's Universal Desktop series running Windows Embedded Standard 7 will support the new features in Windows Remote Desktop Services, making them ready for Windows Server 2012. RemoteFX will function even better in wide area networks (WAN) and extend the range of uses for high-performance remote connections.

Reading, UK, February 5, 2013 - With its first firmware release of the year, IGEL Technology is issuing a comprehensive update of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services for all models in its UD3, UD5 and UD9 series running Windows Embedded Standard 7. This support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 will allow users to take immediate advantage of the many new features that Microsoft has introduced with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. For instance, RemoteFX has also been optimized for use in WANs and will now be able to provide smooth, stable delivery of applications and graphical content including rich media and 3D visual effects. By integrating the native Microsoft RDP client into its firmware, IGEL ensures that it is providing the most up to date virtual work environment, one that can fully stand up to comparisons with a Windows desktop PC. With Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and the best driver support for peripherals such as scanners, CD drives and security tools, IGEL Technology continues to offer optimum performance and the best user experience in Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments.

With its update to RDP 8.0, Microsoft has also added a whole series of new features to the RemoteFX protocol extension. All of these capabilities will now be available for IGEL thin clients running Windows Embedded Standard 7. They include the RemoteFX for WAN feature, which implements changes that enable users on WANs to also enjoy a fast and fluid (jitter-free) experience. This means that virtualized Windows desktops and applications can now be broadly delivered over WANs with a high level of graphics quality that is very nearly as good as experienced on a local area network (LAN) - without employing local codecs or multimedia redirection. What's more, all the features and benefits offered by the Windows 8 UI, as well as Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash animations, high-resolution videos or 3D applications can now also be readily used on a WAN. In addition, the RemoteFX Adaptive Graphics feature delivers a smooth and stable, rich graphics experience that dynamically adapts to the server load, the client access device load (client rendering speed) and network characteristics.

"With this new firmware, our Windows Embedded Standard 7 thin clients can now take full advantage of all of the benefits of Windows Server 2012 while also providing the full range of RemoteFX features and the best possible user experience. Of course, we're also working very hard on supporting the upcoming Windows Embedded 8 platform, which will definitely allow even greater increases in the flexibility and performance of centralized virtual desktop infrastructures within mixed IT environments," stated Matthias Haas, Product Manager at IGEL Technology.

Availability
These new features apply to all IGEL Universal Desktop series devices starting with the IGEL UD3 running the Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system. The new firmware will be released at the end of February 2013.

About IGEL Technology
IGEL Technology is one of the world's major manufacturers of thin client hardware and software and is the market leader in Germany. IGEL develops, makes and sells Linux-based and Microsoft® Windows®-based terminals in various designs, including conventional desktop thin clients and devices integrated into LCD monitors. When it comes to software, IGEL also offers its powerful, productive Universal Desktop Converter (UDC). The UDC software equips older PCs as well as thin clients and nettops from selected third party companies with the latest IGEL Universal Desktop firmware. A typical feature of IGEL is the universal access to centralized IT infrastructures. This Universal Desktop strategy allows IGEL customers great flexibility in selecting a server-based solution. To implement this, IGEL has integrated a broad range of software clients, tools and protocols in its powerful firmware solution. In addition to permitting conventional forms of access to Server Based Computing in Windows®, Citrix® and Linux, these services also allow direct access to virtual desktops (VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft®, RedHat® etc.), legacy host, SAP, Java and Web-based applications as well as VoIP. For the greatest possible security, all IGEL devices also support VPN and smartcard use. All Universal Desktop models can be centrally administered in a convenient, standardized and economical manner using the IGEL Universal Management Suite, which comes standard with the management software included with each unit. Furthermore, IGEL's collaboration with experienced, capable partners and IT-sector specialists allows it to supply fast and flexible customized solutions right on location whenever necessary.

IGEL Technology is a member of the global Melchers Group and a member of BITKOM. In addition to having its headquarters in Bremen, Germany and its R&D department in Augsburg, Germany, IGEL is represented through a subsidiary in Great Britain as well as by representative offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. Beyond this, IGEL is also active through partner distributors and Authorized IGEL Partners in the United States and over 45 other countries.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.igel.com.

Editorial Contacts:
IGEL Technology GmbH
Dr. Frank Lampe
Hanna-Kunath-Str. 31
28199 Bremen
Tel.: 0421 / 52094 1300
Fax: 0421 / 52094 1399
E-Mail: lampe@igel.com
Web: www.igel.com

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