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July, 2012

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    [Product Update] July 2012 Security Updates Are On ECE For XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The July 2012 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and/or Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2719985 - Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services could allow remote code execution.
    • KB2718523 - Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers could allow elevation of privilege.
    • KB2698365 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Data Access Components could allow remote code execution.
    • KB2691442- Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow remote code execution.
    • KB2655992 - Vulnerability in TLS could allow information disclosure.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Updating Your Windows Embedded Standard 8 Devices

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    When thinking about the newest features or the things that may excite you about the next Windows Embedded release, servicing may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, as many of you know, servicing and managing your devices comprises a huge part of their lifecycle and cost. We realize this as well in the Windows Embedded team and strive to make the servicing and update experience as simple as possible for Windows Embedded Standard 8. In many ways, this means making the experience as close as possible to the Windows 8 servicing experience.

    Changes to Windows Update Experience

    In Windows Embedded Standard 7, all updates to Windows were applicable to Windows Embedded, but only security updates appeared through Windows Update. Additionally, those security updates were packaged separately from the Windows security updates. As such, they would appear in the IT administrator’s consoles separately as “Security Update for Windows 7” and “Security Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7” even though they contained the same payload.

    For Windows Embedded 8, all update types will be available through Windows Update (with the exception of service packs) and these will be packaged together with the updates release for Windows 8, meaning less clutter in the IT admin’s console. To learn more about the nine different update types, please see the appendix below.

    Also, several changes have been made to Windows 8 that will also improve the Windows Update experience for Embedded customers. As described in this blog post on the Building Windows 8 blog, there will be less disruptive reboots due to Windows Updates, which is being achieved in a handful of ways:

    1. Updates will only cause a reboot when security updates are downloaded during the 2nd week of each month, regardless of when these other updates that require a reboot were downloaded
    2. Required update notifications will no longer appear as a popup or “toast”, but instead the notification will appear on the logon screen
    3. The computer will not restart if there’s the potential to lose data

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent Systems in Health

    Posted By Garrett Clarke
    Senior Business Development and Strategy Manager

    As many of my colleagues have mentioned in their blogs over the past few months, we are seeing an increasing trend from autonomous devices toward ones that are truly connected and part of a much broader ecosystem. This shift in the embedded industry toward Intelligent Systems is further accelerated by the desire of enterprises to obtain a competitive advantage through increased knowledge about their customers and their business. It is truly an exciting time as the number of devices that are part of an Intelligent System is expected to nearly double by 2015 according to IDC. Clearly the application for Intelligent Systems spans many industries including Retail, Manufacturing, Auto, and Health. However, since I have spent the last 10 years (or so) working in healthcare, I wanted to share some of the thoughts I have on some usage scenarios of Intelligent Systems in health.


    Enabling the Connection to the Patient at Home:
    The impact that Intelligent Systems have on the healthcare has many similarities to that of other industries (i.e. reuse of data, cost reduction, timely access to information….) but it also has some distinct advantages. Most importantly, improved outcomes for patients. Many device manufacturers are now making devices that patients can use at home that will automatically connect the patient back to the provider or caregiver through the cloud. This streamlined integration increases the frequency that a provider or caregiver receives critical health metrics (blood pressure, blood glucose levels, weight, etc.). These “Connected Health” scenarios allows for greater collaboration across the provider, patient, and caregiver potentially allowing action to be taken prior to an acute event occurring.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Devices and "The Cloud", Part 3

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Senior Product Manager

    In my last post I talked about some scenarios where OEMs could expand their business (data analytics, services, solutions), yet those could all be hosted in their data center. So why use the cloud?
     
    Datacenters have to be built to support the highest level of demand by users which can be either internal or external.  The ability to meet the demand of users requires lots of servers and infrastructure, which requires advance planning and investment.
    This demand is usually not constant and can increase at certain times (monthly, seasonal, even time of day…meaning most infrastructure investments are idle a portion of the time).
     
    An easy to understand example could be an online retailer – the holiday season increases the demand on their infrastructure, if the infrastructure can’t meet demand the business can’t handle the transactions, losing revenue and customers.  
    A tax preparation company is another example – as tax deadlines approach, the demand on the infrastructure peaks. If the infrastructure can’t handle the demand, customers can’t be serviced, losing business.
    Both examples require heavy infrastructure investment in the traditional datacenter model, however both can benefit from moving the cloud, looking at the example below:
     
     

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Devices and "The Cloud", Part 2

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Sr. Product Manager

    I recently posted about devices and the cloud and now want to delve deeper into how cloud computing can help OEMs drive new solutions for their business and help their customers.

    So let’s look at three scenarios involving Data Analytics, Services and Solutions

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