Wyse Technology Leverages the Benefits of Windows CE .NET Operating System for Industry-Leading Winterm 3000 Series

January 8, 2002

Enhancements Will Marry High-levels of Enterprise Security and Powerful Desktop Management With Enhanced Wireless and Multimedia Capabilities

Wyse(R) Technology, the worldwide leader in secure, managed thin clients, today announced the Winterm(TM) 3000 series will now deliver the benefits of Microsoft Windows CE .NET to the thin-client market. The Wyse Winterm 3000 series, now based on the Windows CE .NET operating system, will feature expanded multimedia and wireless capabilities, including support for 802.11b, as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5. The use of Windows CE .NET will also provide increased security with smart card support, and Wyse will further help drive down rising computing costs through the inclusion of Wyse's desktop management software suite.

"As the need to reduce costs increases dramatically, the combination of Windows CE .NET with the security, manageability, and affordability of thin clients offers the desktop value today's customers desire," said Brad Rowland, director of product management for Wyse Technology. "Our Winterm 3000 series has been the market leading thin client for more than three years, and is now being enhanced through Windows CE .NET to provide the advanced multimedia and wireless capabilities that organizations require to address their ever-changing business needs."

The modular approach of Windows CE .NET to desktop computing allows thin-client customers to select components based on their needs and environment, offering updated multimedia capabilities as well as Internet Explorer 5.5. Current Winterm 3000 series customers will be able to purchase upgrades to Windows CE .NET from the Wyse Technology Web site, www.wyse.com, for a small fee.

"Today's thin-client solutions must provide customers with high levels of security as well as enhanced multimedia and wireless capabilities," said Todd Warren, general manager of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. "As Microsoft's Windows Embedded OEM Partner of the Year for 2001, Wyse takes advantage of the new technology in Windows CE .NET with the Winterm 3000 series to meet these business demands while delivering a rich, thin-client computing experience."


Wyse's secure, managed thin clients help maximize IT budgets while minimizing the risk of unauthorized access to mission-critical information. Winterm thin clients deliver the key elements of security -- authorization, authentication, integrity and confidentiality --through four levels of security that complement the server-based software. This includes a first-level user-name and password security shield built directly into the thin client, protecting the server from unauthorized access, support for smart cards as a form of two-factor authentication and support for biometric authentication devices (three-factor) that verify the fingerprint of the user when access to the system is desired, the use of Citrix's Secure ICA protocol, providing up to 128-bit end-to-end encryption of an ICA data-stream, and the elimination of local storage that can be hacked or fail, causing important communication such as e-mail to be corrupted, modified or simply not to be received.

Wyse is bundling every Winterm thin-client model with the Wyse management software suite, which includes the simple WyseWorks Remote Administrator and comprehensive industry leading Rapport(TM) Workgroup Edition management software. With Wyse's Rapport and WyseWorks Remote Administrator, businesses are being armed with a comprehensive management tool capable of handling up to 200 users in an installation and with the purchase of an optional enterprise upgrade, up to tens of thousands of users across multiple branch office and management locations. Management tools are core to protecting a business' investment in desktop technologies, simplifying tasks that would otherwise place a significant strain on IT staffs while ensuring maximum benefit from thin-client installations.

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