Windows Embedded 8 shortens development cycles and enables device makers to create differentiated, best-in-class products that delight customers and stand out from the competition. They are packed with line-of business solutions optimized for the intelligence systems that have the ability to transform data into lasting competitive advantage.

Create differentiated devices


Assisted by the latest innovations from Microsoft, manufacturers can deliver more immersive and natural user experiences to make their devices stand out. Device makers can deliver a unique branded experience throughout the device to further define exceptional user experience for their customers.

Build specialized devices on technologies you trust


Windows Embedded 8 brings the latest security technologies from Windows 8 to help protect your customers’ sensitive business information on your specialized devices. By building on Windows Embedded 8, manufacturers can ensure that devices are highly reliable.

Extend business intelligence


By building with Windows Embedded 8, manufacturers can ensure their devices are optimized for intelligence systems. Microsoft delivers seamless enterprise identity and access management. Specialized devices can be efficiently managed alongside Windows PCs and connect to Windows Azure and Windows Server to ensure their customer’s data translates into unique competitive advantage


Windows Embedded in Education


Microsoft is committed to higher learning, and Windows Embedded delivers one of the best sets of embedded technology and resources to the academic field. Windows Embedded offers the opportunity to take advantage of the career potential that goes along with the current growth of the embedded market and provides a platform for exposure to embedded systems. The Windows Embedded Academic program provides professors and students access to the Windows Embedded CE and Windows Embedded Standard operating systems.

Windows Embedded for Professors


As an academic faculty, you have access to the Windows Embedded Academic curriculum offering, available in five languages. Developed by Georgia Institute of Technology, this curriculum provides materials and labs for an Introduction to Embedded Systems. While Windows Embedded CE is used as the embedded operating system of reference, the goal of the course is to enable students to learn the core theory of embedded systems, both hardware and software . This material is scalable to multiple academic levels across computer science, electrical engineering, and computer engineering.

Access to Windows Embedded Software for Academic Use

To obtain a Windows Embedded operating system and associated development tools for a non-commercial project, you can become an MSDN Academic Alliance Member. MSDNAA gives Universities access to full-packaged versions of Windows Embedded CE. By checking out the MSDNAA site you can confirm whether your school is already an MSDNAA member.
You can easily download our zero cost trial version of Windows Embedded Compact or trial version of Windows Embedded Standard.

Windows Embedded for Students


As a student, you can participate in a variety of programs that will offer you the opportunity to apply your imagination, passion and creativity to learning. These programs include:

Imagine Cup – Embedded Development Competition

The focus of the Windows Embedded offering for students is the Imagine Cup, an annual technology competition. The Embedded Development category of the Imagine Cup challenges student developers from around the world to go beyond the desktop and use their creativity to build a complete hardware and software solution using Windows Embedded CE. Hardware is provided for those who advance to Round 2. Teams of up to three and a faculty mentor are challenged to build a working prototype of an embedded solution. The contest spans nearly a year, beginning with local, regional, and online contests and ending with global finals that are held in a different location our the world each year.

Windows Embedded Career Opportunities


The embedded division is a fast-growing market, and Microsoft is looking for bright, innovative minds that thrive in an atmosphere of creativity and constant innovation.
If you are interested in full-time or internship opportunities at Microsoft, please submit your resume at the Microsoft College Careers Page and make sure to note on your resume that you are interested in a position within Windows Embedded.