Hey, check it out, if you are student OF ANY SORT you can download and install Windows Embedded 8.1 from the DreamSpark.com site if you have an email account from a college that ends with an edu.  So check it out at http://www.dreamspark.com

To see the product information at DreamSpark, see: https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=82

Here are the requirements for Windows Embedded 8.1:

If you clicked over to that link and came back, welcome back, the hardware requirements for Windows Embedded 8.1 is exactly the same as the hardware for Windows 8.1.  Which is good.  And bad.  That might make it seem like it won’t work with small footprints.  Now the difference between Windows 8.1 and Embedded Windows 8.1: You can create a smaller image by removing things or maybe using Windows Embedded which is slightly different O/S that allows you to make up your own O/S Architectures.  But if you stick with Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro you can adapt for specific scenarios like POS, Kiosks, as well as others.

If you go commercial with your app, there might be some costs, but the costs can be negotiated or use one of the standard licensing.  If you are student you get to use the Embedded  8 anyway you wish.  And from the various news items, I have to conclude, but can not confirm that the price appears to have a movement  downward in the pricing structure.

Where would you use Embedded Windows 8.1 Pro?

Use it in any intelligent system for industrial, POS, Digital Signage, Health Care and you could try it if you have an old Windows XP machine laying around that doesn’t really do much now that Microsoft has stopped supporting XP.

Here are some of the features:

  • Windows 8 Application Launcher
  • Gesture Filter
  • Keyboard Filter
  • Unified Write Filter
What’s new?

With the release of Windows Embedded 8.1, there are several new capabilities that are introduced. Here are some examples and highlights.

  • Assigned Access
  • Breakout Mode
  • USB Filter
  • System Toast Notification Filter
  • Lockdown Baseline Tool

For more information see the following URL: