The Microsoft East Africa is introducing the new Windows Multi-Point Server 2010 in the region which will enable 1 Central Processing Unit, CPU to serve up to 16 stations.
This will depend on the CPU processor speed, storage capacity and Random Access Memory, RAM amongst other features.
During an ICT open day at Maseno University in Kenya on Saturday 6th November 2010, the company introduced the server to students and the institution as a cheap and interactive way of learning with increased portal as compared to the current one student per computer basis.
“What one will require is a CPU where up to 16 monitors with mouse will use it independently by having accounts and share data” said Mr. Charles Sakari an officer with Microsoft.
Once installed in the host computer the new software will be used in every station regardless of whether MS office programs or other educational application are used. This will empower educators, engage students and make learning personal.
MS has partnered with two software companies to make the innovation a success. The Net Support will provide the software of projecting notes and journals online for students to write and share while DesignMet from India offers 3D animation especially for mathematical and science courses.
Apart from the ease of each student to share files and folders in their private accounts, the teacher can easily monitor the 'class’ by dropping files from library to public documents for students, easily manage students’ accounts by seeing their connectivity and what they do!
Lastly through the MS Windows Update you can put the system up to date with support from authorized partners.
The new server will help realize the ICT dreams in Kenyan Vision 2030 and Millennium Development Goals by reducing the cost of acquiring computer hardware while reducing maintenance fee and it is compatible to any Operating System, OS.
“The only disadvantage is that when the server breaks down the system stops” observed Mr. Sakari but he adds that “the brighter side is that only one CPU will be maintained”
Currently MS East Africa provides the server with seven full Hewlett Packard computers at a cost of Ksh. 200,000.
The regional MS officer for East and Southern Africa Mr. Mark Matunga who was the guest of honor said the company will spearhead the universities and colleges in the region to acquire the server.