See this article written by one of our team member who works with Point of Service devices...
At Microsoft, the Windows Embedded team is dedicated to bringing quality products to our customers at a competitive price point. Your success in this highly competitive marketplace is our passion! We listen and we act to ensure that our products meet your needs. As a result, more and more customers are turning to Microsoft to provide their POS system solutions. That is why, according to the latest study from IHL, shipments of Microsoft Windows based POS terminals increased from 71% to 76% in 2008!
These are uncertain economic times - So our team has focused on features and scenarios that would provide you with the greatest return on your investment. We are able to help you reduce your total cost of ownership by providing features and capabilities to help you navigate thru the requirements of the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), providing improved customization, offering greater flexibility in how you configure your system, and by proving the latest security updates.
According to IHL, overall shipments of POS terminals have decreased by 4.2%, yet shipments of POS terminals based upon our Windows Embedded for Point of Service and Windows XP Embedded have increased during the same time period! This is because we offer a superior product, superior support, at a superior price! And with the launch of Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, the next generation of Windows Embedded for Point of Service, we hope to further meet the needs of our customers and retailers and help in their future success.
For more information about the IHL report, see
I was actually hoping for more of a "Best Practices" document on securing Windows Embedded POS terminals for PCI compliance, as opposed to a piece on how well they're doing. While I agree they've worked well for us, we'd love to make sure we're locking them down even better to combat threats.
**Updated- replied with no typo's this time!
The POS team recommended a whitepaper that provides best practices around “Securing the Retail Store” -http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa479366.aspx.
You can also post questions to the experts on the POS blog - see the link on the left under "Embedded Blogs".