Userful Dramatically Simplifies Desktops and Lowers Costs with Breakthrough Light Desktop Virtualization

  • Sets up in minutes, costs a quarter of the price, delivers twice the performance and includes choice of cross-platform desktops
  • Includes world's first universal laptop docking feature for zero clients
  • Industry leading rich-multimedia performance opens up virtualization beyond desktops to digital signage, video walls, and interactive displays

Feb 19, 2014 - Calgary, AB - Userful Corporation, a leading desktop virtualization company, has launched a light virtualization solution that eliminates the complexity and high costs that have previously prevented organizations from shifting to desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI). By turning a standard computer into a browser-managed server appliance, Userful Multiplatform 7.0 desktop virtualization software creates the simplest, most flexible, highest performing and lowest cost VDI solution available. Userful Multiplatform 7.0 software sets up in minutes with even limited IT skills, offers a simultaneous choice of Microsoft™ Windows, cloud, Linux and remote desktops and delivers exceptional performance with full HD multimedia all for just $199 per desktop, hardware and software included.

With Userful Multiplatform 7.0, instead of a full PC per desktop, each desktop needs only a palm-sized zero client device which consumes just three watts of power and has a ten year life cycle. One server appliance supports twenty or more desktops and centralizes solution management using a browser-accessible control center. Userful Multiplatform 7.0 supports a simultaneous choice of Microsoft™ Windows, cloud and Linux desktops plus a variety of standard protocols including basic support for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Citrix and VMWare with full support coming later this year. It is compatible with client devices from leading manufacturers like HP, ViewSonic, Acer, Thinglobal and Atrust.

"We have been recommending Userful Multiplatform software to our customers who need a light VDI solution that is powerful yet simple," said Antoine Jimenez, Value Business Manager for English Africa at HP. "It's also extremely affordable which makes it easy for customers to try and love."

New in version 7.0 is the world's first laptop docking feature that turns a client device into a universal laptop docking station. For organizations that use a mix of thin clients and laptops, a USB cable connects a laptop to a client device to extend the laptop display across a second large display or monitor without compromising network security. Extra screen space is particularly useful for environments like health care, hot-desking and meeting spaces. It is also useful in environments that primarily use thin-clients but are seeing an increased use of laptops.

"Userful has made VDI accessible to 90% of organizations that have yet to adopt VDI - for about one quarter of the cost, with twice the performance yet incredible simplicity compared to traditional VDI," said Timothy Griffin, Founder and CTO at Userful. "Userful Multiplatform 7.0 opens up huge markets for system integrators like education, healthcare, digital signage and touch interactive displays."


Centralize Desktops

Centralize all PCs, operating systems and desktops into a low-cost, server appliance that replaces stand-alone physical PCs, independent operating systems and desktops.

Server Appliance

Using a local server appliance simplifies desktop virtualization and eliminates latency to create a visibly better performance than complex virtualization products that encode and decode data sent from a data center.

Virtualize Desktops

Deploy one or many customized desktops to each computer station, touch screen or large interactive display. Administrators can deploy a range of desktops, including a mix of Microsoft Windows, Linux and cloud-clients, or deploy the one desktop to everyone.

New! Citrix, VMWare and RDP Support

Includes basic support for Citrix, VMWare and RDP. Full support coming in the next release.

New! Welcome Screen

At each desktop, users can get started quickly by selecting from the range of desktops presented to them, and switch between them with a click.

New! Ensure High Availability

Reliably provide high availability via fail-over redundancy from another server that can take over in the unlikely event that the original server is down.

New! Hybrid Docking Station

Empower collaboration in meeting rooms and increase productivity in hotdesking spaces by sharing or extending content from a laptop to a second display. A single USB cable plugged from a laptop to a client extends the content. Unplug the USB cable to return to the original desktop.

New! Broadcast Alert

Send a message from the control center to all connected displays to instantly broadcast messages. Messages are distinguished by color and alert level ranging from green announcements to red emergency notices.

Virtual Microsoft Windows Machines

Create virtual Microsoft Windows XP, 7 or 8 machines once and map to any number of computers. Customers can use a cost effective Microsoft Windows Diskless COA licenses instead of VDA licenses.


Supporting Quotes

"The raw performance, flexibility and ease of deployment of Userful Multiplatform 7.0 is outstanding - far better than other major VDI brands, yet only a fraction of the cost. We've equipped hundreds of thousands virtual desktops with Userful software. For new projects, we're excited to combine Userful Multiplatform 7.0 with our Minipoint Ethernet zero client device that we've already certified for Userful Multiplatform 7.0."
   Luiz Cláudio Maia Ferreira, Chief Executive Officer at Thinnet

"Our customers are looking for the simplest and most cost effective VDI solution on the market and it is Userful Multiplatform."
   Boy Co, President at American Technologies Inc.

"Userful Multiplatform 7.0 is the simplest and best performing desktop virtualization solution that the market has been missing. It solves both of the biggest challenges for customers who want to virtualize desktops by eliminating complexity and cost."
   Luiz Cláudio Maia Ferreira, Chief Executive Officer at Thinnet

"Our browser-managed appliance approach to virtualization is truly unique and can help organizations, OEMs or system integrators achieve the high performance and low cost that moves virtualization beyond desktops to CPU intensive use cases, like digital signage, video walls, and touch-interactive displays."
   Timothy Griffin, Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Userful Corporation

"Userful Multiplatform is quick to set up and easy to manage. It's a great light-weight virtualization solution."
   HT Cho, President at Atrust


Pricing and Availability

Userful Multiplatform 7.0 is now available for a suggested retail price of US$199 and a suggested education retail price of US$179 in North America, zero client included. Prices may vary by country. Trial kits are available to try befrore you buy For purchasing information, contact


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Userful Corporation is a leading desktop virtualization software company that makes it simple and affordable for organizations to implement and centrally manage virtual computers. Userful supports virtualization deployments from desktops to touch-screens and beyond, with exceptional performance, unique flexibility and at the lowest cost on the market. Userful is the trusted provider of over 1 million virtual computers in over 100 countries and works with zero-client and thin-client devices from world-class partners.

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Userful makes it simple and affordable for organizations to drive and centrally manage intelligent interactive displays from video walls to digital signage, to desktops, to touch-screens and beyond with exceptional performance, unique flexibility and the lowest cost on the market.

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