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May, 2012

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    DISMUI: An Awesome Community-Created Tool

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    Much of what we highlight on the Approaching Embedded Intelligently blog is about what we’re doing as the Windows Embedded team. However, much of what we create is just a platform, it takes our partners and customers to really create something great. I’m planning on taking some more time in the future to discover and highlight great examples of Windows Embedded in action. Today’s post is not a device running Windows Embedded, but is instead an extremely useful tool from Wolfgang Unger, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Windows Embedded. In addition to being an MVP, Wolfgang is a Windows Embedded, Microsoft, and device enthusiast. In his role at Elbacom he provides technical support and advice to customers about Windows Embedded, produces content for the Elbacom website, and writes the Embedded Magazine produced by Elbacom. In his free time he enjoys working on home automation and his car PC. All-in-all, Wolfgang is a fantastic Windows Embedded Partner and has received Microsoft’s Award of Excellence and Developer of the Year awards.

    If you’re an Embedded developer or need to manage any Windows systems in your enterprise, you’re likely aware of the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool, or DISM. DISM is used to manage the features and technologies on Windows devices. For Windows Embedded, this is a very important tool because it enables you to change the composition of an image outside of Image Configuration Editor (ICE) or Image Builder Wizard (IBW). You can run DISM locally on the target image in what is called “Online” mode, or can run it on a captured .wim file in “Offline” mode.

    Traditional DISM experience

    Traditional DISM experience

    DISM is extremely powerful and, as far as command-line applications go, it’s not too difficult to use. However, it’s not the same as having a nice interface that would guide you through the process and make adding and removing content from your image really easy to understand. With DISMUI, Wolfgang did just that and more.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Is it time to grow up our device management ways?

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    Ninjas rarely let go of secrets of the universe. It’s universally looked down upon, much like the way a magician explains how he levitated himself or cut his girlfriend in half.

    But I’m going to let you in on a little secret – everyone has to grow up at some point. It’s true. Little kids turn into grown-ups. Baby ninjas (or binjas) grow up to be adult ninjas (though you’d never know since you never see them). Pups grow into full size shedding dogs. Even seedlings turn into the beans that are roasted for the cup of coffee that inspired this blog post. And before you ask, yes, indeed, The Embedded Ninja enjoys his own cup of coffee.

    Upon landing at one of the multiple airports I travel to in pursuit of my customer interactions, I spent the first sixty seconds upon reaching the terminal searching for a coffee stand. I placed an order and paid my way (on an embedded POS system incidentally), and ninja-ed my way over to the pick-up area. Glancing around the terminal, the first thing I saw blew my mind and I had to grab a snapshot. You can see the snapshot for yourself. Let’s break this down...

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 Top 10 Q&A

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    Good morning [place your current location here] and welcome to Approaching Embedded Intelligently. My name is Pavel Bansky and I work as a Program Manager in Windows Embedded team. I will be writing posts not only about Windows Embedded Device Manager but also other cool stuff we are doing here in Windows Embedded. Let me start with this Q&A article and stay tuned for more.

    Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 has been available on the market for about a year now. As the number of potential or actual users is increasing, there is a set of frequently asked questions that I hear. Let me go through the top ten of these questions in this article.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Compete Corner

    Posted By Mark Pendergrast
    Senior Product Manager

    Let’s face reality. For our customers and partners, every day comes with lots of choices – from deciding on which component to use for their motherboard, to what application to build/deploy, to which markets and opportunities to pursue to build their business. It’s no different in picking which operating system to use for their specialized device. There’s a rich selection of alternatives from which to pick, including many flavors of Linux, Google’s Android, and of course our broad set of options in the Windows Embedded family. However, like many things in business, this preponderance of choice offers both opportunities and also challenges for the market. On the one hand, it gives customers and partners many options from which to pick and choose for their specific needs, but it can also be overwhelming. Making a poor choice could add cost, delays, and complications that hadn’t been anticipated.

    It’s in this light that I hope to provide some value from The Compete Corner here on the Windows Embedded blog. As the compete lead for the organization, my role is to ensure that our customers, partners and internal teams have the full and accurate picture on the value of the Windows Embedded solutions and help them make good decisions with Windows Embedded as their OS choice. And of course all of this in interest of spurring healthy competition.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Welcome to Approaching Embedded Intelligently

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    Our growing enthusiasm over the last few months is undeniable. The convergence of cloud-based services, data centers, pervasive connectivity and specialized devices has led to the emergence of a new category within the traditional embedded market – a category that is exponentially greater than the sum of the parts.

    We identified this emerging category as intelligent systems and together with IDC and Intel we’ve been talking about the impact it’s already having across industries, businesses, and ultimately, end users.

    Microsoft laid out its roadmap for intelligent systems in the fall of last year. As we move forward, we want to engage with you to discuss how intelligent systems are taking shape and where the challenges and opportunities are for the market.

    With this new blog we’re taking a more ‘intelligent’ approach to the conversation, providing you with one place to read about Microsoft’s evolving strategy for intelligent systems and to hear commentary and encourage discussion with members of our global engineer and marketing teams. You can expect to learn more about subjects ranging from our current products, to updates and those still in development. We’ll also discuss emerging trends, industry sectors and other timely topics. I’m especially excited to see some of the growth that’s taking place in the automotive space, as outlined by Ford technical fellow Jim Buczkowski. (And when you have a chance, take a look at these articles on the growth of intelligent systems and how we’re helping retailers transform the shopping experience.)

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