So I work in the Communications Sector, which you normally wouldn’t associate with retail stores, however, many of our customers do maintain large chains of retail stores such as the mobile operators, and Media & Entertainment companies that run theme parks to name a couple. 

Microsoft released Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 yesterday at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo.  Here is a snippet from the press release located here:

“Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is Microsoft’s embedded operating system optimized for OEMs building POS solutions and enterprises using POS devices. This next-generation POS platform is a flexible operating system designed to seamlessly connect POS solutions with peripherals, servers and services.”

For more information on Windows Embedded POS 2009, here are some useful links:

For Developers – MSDN home page for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009

For Decision Makers - Windows solutions for Point of Service

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 Technical Specifications