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ASK: The Embedded product group has been asked by customers to reduce the size of the monthly Windows XP Embedded and Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Security Update supplemental releases on MOO and ECE.
HISTORY: The monthly supplement has accumulated every security DQI (runtime update package) that is applicable for each of our embedded platforms. The supplement also includes a cumulative component database update for each platform development environment, which contains all applicable Security updates since the platform released. By accumulating the applicable DQIs for every platform on the download, over time the size of the monthly security supplement has grown quite large. For example, the December 2008 IMG (ISO) download was approximately 507MB. This has grown to approximately 800MB for the December 2009 IMG (ISO) download.
ACTION: Beginning with the January 2010 supplement, we have implemented a new process. The January 2010 supplement provides the DQIs for December 2009 and January 2010 as well as the cumulative component database updates for each platform, which still contain all Security updates since the platform release through December 2009 (the database updates are bi-monthly and current in the even numbered months). DQIs will accumulate for each supported platform throughout the year. At the beginning of 2011, we will do a similar refresh of the supplement.
Now that Windows Embedded Standard 2011’s CTP2 has been publicly available for several weeks I hope you’ve had the chance to take a look at our new Application Templates web page. Finding the dependencies for an application to ensure it runs correctly on your embedded image has always been one of the biggest challenges in using Windows Embedded and we hope to make life easier for you by providing answer files for specific applications, saving you time and effort.
Currently, the Application Templates web page displays templates we have created for some Microsoft applications and allows you to download and utilize the templates. It functions well as a little repository and currently suits what we are doing. However, we want the Application Templates site to be a place that a community can be built around, benefitting all OEMs, ISVs, developers, and other potential customers that use Standard 2011. At a high level, here are some of the things you should be seeing in the future as we improve the Application Templates website.