Stoneware Integrates Virtual Desktop with iTunes U
- By Dian Schaffhauser
announced the integration of Apple's iTunes U
with its virtualized Web desktop solution, WebOS. iTunes U allows colleges and universities a way to let students search, download and play education content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows. With the integration of iTunes U into the user's virtualized WebOS desktop, students can access applications, files, documents, educational podcasts and other content from a Web desktop that is accessible from anywhere.
A virtual desktop is an operating environment that runs in a browser and that is independent of the underlying operating system. WebOS is built on AJAX technology and works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari browsers. The company said a single server can support a thousand users.
"We see this as a critical integration point for Stoneware WebOS," said Ken Quinton, the company's vice president of sales. "Our K-12 and higher education customers want to simplify access to both their applications and audio/video podcasts. Integrating iTunes U with Stoneware's Virtual Web Desktop technology guarantees that organizations can provide their students with a single, secure desktop to access all of their critical educational tools."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.