Thick client

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

A thick client is a computer that does not require a connection to a server system to run (unlike a thin client), although they can benefit from being connected to a network and a server. Thick clients are often found in the business environment, where servers are used to provide some data and application support, but the thick client (office computer) is largely independent. Thick clients have their own operating system and software applications and can be used offline (not connected to a network or server).

Thick clients have several advantages including being able to be used offline, improve performance for multimedia applications (including video games), increased flexibility and higher server capacity (less of a load on a thick client server, allowing for support of more users).

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