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NComputing added support for Windows devices in April and is currently running a beta for Android. Of course, there are licensing considerations when multiple users within an organization are sharing a single copy of Windows, and NComputing's Pagani said the company uses a two-pronged strategy.
For education customers, NComputing uses the academic edition of Windows MultiPoint Server, which uses Remote Desktop Services and permits a single version of the OS to be shared amongst users. NComputing runs vSpace Server on top to handle connection management and desktop provisioning.
Pagani described the Windows MultiPoint Server setup as "a shared slice of one copy of Windows" in which each partition is licensed individually. "There is still a Windows CAL involved," he said.
In selling to other markets, NComputing uses Windows Server 2008 with vSpace Server and the NXP protocol. In this licensing model, costs are pegged to the number of sessions, Pagani said.
When customers buy one of NComputing's thin clients -- the vendor offers three of its own and one optimized for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp -- they get a licensed seat of vSpace that is tied to that piece of hardware. NComputing charges $99 for its software client that's used with Windows PCs.
NComputing is also rolling out a premium support and services package for $25 per year that gives customers access to software updates and upgrades, Web resources and dedicated vSpace support engineers, and it will be sold by channel partners.