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November, 2012

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Ford SYNC Is Turning 5, and You Could Win an Xbox!

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Ford SYNC powered by Microsoft is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a pioneer in vehicle connectivity system. Help us wish Ford SYNC a happy anniversary by tweeting your favorite SYNC feature and you could win an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

    To celebrate this momentous milestone, Ford and Microsoft are participating in GigaOm Roadmap in San Francisco and the Seattle Auto Show, during which SYNC fans will be given the opportunity to enter our twitter contest to win one of five Xbox 360 with Kinect consoles. The contest kicks off today (now!) and you have two weeks to participate for the chance to win.

    It’s easy to participate, whether you are able to attend either event or not. All you have to do is follow @MSFTWEB and tweet your favorite Ford SYNC feature some time during the two-week period using the #SYNC5 hash tag. We will announce the winners on Sunday, November 18, 2012 between 5 and 6 pm PT.

    That’s all I have to do to win an Xbox 360?! You bet, easy as pie, or if you prefer, anniversary cake.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Designing the Car Experience of the Future

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    This week I had the opportunity to attend GigaOM Roadmap in San Francisco. Together with Ford, we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Ford SYNC and 5 million SYNC enabled vehicles shipped milestone.  

    The conference theme was “connected design,” exploring how design and user interface impact the experience people have interacting with connected devices.   This is a topic my team is focused on in our work with Ford and our other automotive partners as we explore how our intelligent systems strategy can help deliver a richer, more personalized experience in the car.  We are thinking about the contextual environment inside the car and how computing helps that experience for customers.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Driver Discovery on Windows Embedded 8

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    For Windows Embedded 8, we’ve done what we can to make the OS development process easier and more streamlined. I think you’ll like the changes. However in working with customers, I’ve found that it’s not always straightforward to understand which drivers are needed on a particular device. With this post, I will provide some tools and best practices that will help ensure that you end up with the correct drivers on your devices.

    Tip #1 – Start with Windows 8

    By installing Windows 8 onto your target hardware, you will ensure that all possible drivers are included on the system, since Windows 8 ships with all “In Box” drivers included.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Experiencing Intelligent Systems in Hospitality and Retail

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    Hi everyone, it has been an incredibly exciting few weeks around the Redmond campus. The launch of Windows 8, the release of Surface (I’m writing this blog on my own Surface with Windows RT) and the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit, shows we have been having a lot of fun. Recently we also hosted the Build conference here on Campus, where several thousand of our favorite developers descended to talk about apps in one of the largest temporary facilities I have ever seen stood up. And today Windows Embedded shared news of its product timeline. There is no question this is an exciting time in the industry.

    With the ‘wave’ of Windows 8 launch happening, we wanted to highlight some areas where Intelligent Systems drive new and compelling scenarios using Windows Embedded 8.  At the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit we showcased several vertically aligned scenarios about how Windows Embedded plays a critical role from the sensor, through embedded devices, to the cloud.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Life Imitates Art: Microsoft Helps Bring the Future to Life Today

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    I’m a bit of a movie buff and in the past couple of years I think we’ve seen some technology emerge that mimics one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time, Minority Report. It’s a bit of a life imitating art moment in that many of the things portrayed as a potential vision of the future are already possible.

    If you haven’t seen it, the movie is set in Washington D.C. in the year 2054. Law enforcement officials are able to prevent crime before it happens: three psychics see into the future and then feed the information to members of the police force’s Precrime Unit, who go out and arrest the criminal before the crime is actually committed.

    It’s certainly an interesting story line, but what really intrigued me about the movie was how director Steven Spielberg captured the concept of the intelligent system as part of everyday life, and how a movie filmed more than a decade ago accurately depicted devices and intelligent systems that we’re seeing have tremendous impact on businesses today:

    • For example, a department store featured digital signs that used facial recognition software to identify a person and adjust the promotions it displayed accordingly.
    • The whole notion of a traditional user experience was gone. Instead, computers had become part of the everyday fabric. Heads-up displays took the place of an LCD monitor and you used voice and gesture to interact with the computer.
    • One of the more subtle things was the ability to instantly access information no matter where it existed, whether within the Pre-Crime Unit headquarters or located somewhere on the Internet.
    • And finally, there’s the car that Tom Cruise’s character flies around in. As much as I’d love to say that flying cars are already here, what caught my eye is the way in which Cruise interacted with his car, merely by talking to it the way he would a friend, and how the car personalized the driving experience for his preferences.

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