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June 08, 2022

What is a Thin Client? And, How Did it Begin?

The History of Thin Clients

There are times when technological innovation comes full circle. While the rise of the Thin Client may be a relatively more recent phenomenon, the basic principle of using a single machine to support workloads from multiple users takes us back to some of the earliest computers, well before the personal computer (PC) or even the graphical user interface (GUI).

How did we get where we are now?

In 1993, Tim Negris, Vice President of Server Marketing at Oracle, coined the term “Thin Client