Partnership of Microsoft Launch Partners IGEL and ThinPrint Enables Thin Client Printing in WVD Environments

BERLIN/BREMEN/ORLANDO, November 4, 2019 – ThinPrint, Microsoft’s selected launch partner for WVD printing with its ezeep solution, and IGEL, also a launch partner and the leading provider of next-generation Edge OS solutions for cloud workspaces, today announced their expanded partnership. With the announced integration of ThinPrint’s ezeep Connector into the IGEL OS and the ezeep Hub, IGEL-powered endpoints will be able to print easily and quickly in Windows Virtual Desktop environments. The joint solution is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2020.

IGEL and ThinPrint have been partners for nearly two decades and successfully enable and simplify thin client printing in virtualized environments. Now, the two providers are furthering their collaboration in the Windows Virtual Desktop ecosystem. This is because thin clients themselves cannot process print data from Windows Virtual Desktop.

IGEL’s own operating system IGEL OS will be extended by ThinPrint’s ezeep Connector. This means that these endpoints can access local printers extremely quickly and easily in Windows Virtual Desktop environments. Since ezeep handles all print-relevant processes in the cloud, there is no need for printer drivers on the clients.

ThinPrint’s ezeep for Azure is the industry-wide printing solution for multisession desktops hosted on Azure. It enables secure, fast and easy connectivity to existing printing environments, and enables seamless printing from any device. The solution can be easily added via the Azure Marketplace and is seamlessly integrated with Azure Active Directory. The solution provides a secure connection to the print service without the need for a VPN. Administrators can centrally manage print settings from a single, easy-to-use web console, allowing users to make specific settings through an intuitive self-service portal.

“We’re pleased to extend our partnership with IGEL to Windows Virtual Desktop. As digital transformation progresses, it’s important to have secure and optimized endpoints for users, combined with innovative ways to deliver business-critical features such as printing. Our customers will no doubt find great value in this expanded partnership,” said Henning Volkmer, President and CEO, ThinPrint, Inc.

“Through our collaboration, all endpoint hardware running IGEL OS will be able to print conveniently and quickly using Windows Virtual Desktop, which is not possible with ordinary thin clients and Microsoft-only on-board devices,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “I’m pleased about our successful cooperation in this ground-breaking virtualization technology for both partners and of course, for our customers.”

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