Doug Brown, CEO of virtualisation consultancy DABCC, said Universal Desktop ties in well with other trends, such as the rise of cloud computing.
"Previous arguments against thin clients had a lot to do with users' resistance to anything that didn't look and feel like their traditional desktop," he explained. "Igel is helping to usher in a new era of desktop devices, which negate the old arguments by including all of the digital services required to give those users a rich PC-like experience."
Aberdeen Group senior research analyst Jeffrey Hill agreed. "Igel's flexible interoperability approach makes the Universal Desktop a smart companion for any desktop virtualisation solution," he said
Along with the new software, Igel - it's the German for hedgehog, hence the company's logo, but the company has also reverse-engineered it into the acronym Innovative German ELectronics - announced five Universal Desktop hardware platforms with varying capabilities, including one with the device built into a 19-inch LCD monitor. Yeo said he expects the company to add a portable device to the range in the future.