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September, 2012

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Standard 8 Third Community Technology Preview Released

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    In June, we announced at Computex in Taiwan the release of the second Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Standard 8. Building on that momentum, we’re excited to say the third CTP is available today, and David Wurster, a product manager on the Windows Embedded team, is here to tell us more about how you can get a download and try it out.

    Today the Microsoft Windows Embedded team is excited to announce the availability of the third Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview (CTP).

    This release follows the Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 2 made available in June and delivers many quality improvements and several new capabilities – including:

    • Alignment with the Windows 8 RTM codebase.
    • New specialized device templates added to provide easy to use blueprints as a starting point for designing the OS for your specialized devices.
    • New features and enhancements around lockdown scenarios, including a special servicing mode for devices that use the Unified Write Filter, and a new ability to block and filter USB ports.
    • Support for even more languages, including Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
    • Many quality improvements, such as a restructured catalog, F1 help available in the Image Configuration Editor (ICE) toolkit, improved USB media creation, and modules to support common applications.

    The Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 3 marks another milestone on Windows Embedded Standard 8 roadmap, but your feedback is still needed to ensure that we’re delivering the best product that we possibly can. At Microsoft we are very excited about the possibilities Windows 8 technologies provide for intelligent systems and encourage our partners to download the CTP 3 today.

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    Group policies and Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    One of the most common questions asked by customers and users of Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 is the applicability of group policies on write filter protected box. Although, most of the embedded devices usually operate outside of the domain, with Thin Clients in enterprises this is no longer true.

    Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 in combination with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 persist updates and configurations on write filter protected devices based on “on demand” principle. This maintenance task needs to be planned and scheduled from Configuration Manager Console. Group policies are usually updated outside of this maintenance task therefore they will never persists on the device, unless the timing for maintenance task crosses with timing for group policy update; which is very unlikely.

    In this article I would like to give you step-by-step guide how to issue maintenance task for policy update from Configuration Manager Console to persist the updated policy. All we are going to do is create task sequence that will be disable write filters, run the gpupdate.exe and restore write filters again. This task sequence will have a mandatory assignment scheduled for 1am every night.

    1) In System Center Configuration Manager console right click on Task Sequence node under the Computer Management. In the context menu select New Task Sequence

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    A Ninja Sneak Attack: Strength in Numbers with Intelligent Systems

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    During a recent trip, I had an unassuming conversation with someone where they asked – why do ninjas always travel alone? It was a great question, one that stimulated some wondrous thought. Contrary to popular belief, ninjas never travel alone, but rather always together with their clan. The magic is in the fact that you’ll never see the other ninja(s) – just the one you’re face to face with. In that secrecy is power. One is a powerful number in and of itself. But the other numbers that surround the “one” can be more powerful, especially when they’re unknown and unexpected.

    We are faced with known numbers on a daily basis, using them to convey all kinds of information. You can calculate wealth and financial success of a company. You can use numbers to show the amount of time remaining on the clock of a soccer match. You can arm your argument with statistics. You can even speak the truth and dispel myth and hype with numbers – such as the question I was asked.

    Often when we discuss technology the conversation steers towards devices like PCs, tablets and phones. This makes sense – they’re devices we use every day for calling our moms (ninja moms require a once a week call), updating Facebook, buying movie tickets, or reminding us to practice our ninjastics (ninja gymnastics).

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    Europe welcomes Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    Recently, I joined our partners at Ford for the European launch of Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

    At IFA Ford announced that this version of Ford SYNC—which includes a touchscreen interface—will be coming to Europe in 2013 in the Ford Focus Electric.

    While I was at the conference I participated in a roundtable discussion with Ford and a few other industry experts to discuss the future of the connected car. The connected car focuses on how the vehicle experience can be enhanced when you integrate internet connectivity, data, and new user interface technologies like speech and touch.

    The subject of the connected car is especially near and dear to us in Windows Embedded – and not only because Ford SYNC is built on the Windows Embedded Automotive software platform. When we talk about intelligent systems as the evolution of the embedded device market, it’s exciting to see how this is affecting the automotive industry.

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    The Door is Open for You to Kinect

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    I’m not sure that many of you know this, but Kinect for Xbox 360 holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history.  Since its launch users around the world have been using Kinect in creative new ways.  We’ve dubbed this the “Kinect Effect” here at Microsoft.  Kinect for Windows has taken this even further by opening a doorway into seeing and interacting with the world that many of us thought was solely for the movies.  Just this week the technology behind Kinect for Windows – including Windows Embedded – is on display at New York Fashion Week in the form of Swivel, a virtual dressing room from FaceCake that gives people the chance to try on clothes without changing. What a concept.

    Today, another member of The Embedded Ninja clan, Eric Kamont, shares his observations and examples of leveraging Kinect as part Intelligent Systems.  Kinect and enjoy!

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