Posted By David CampbellProgram Manager
Woo hoo, it’s finally time to share more information about the upcoming release! First, the release now officially has a name: Windows Embedded Compact 2013. (I know that folks probably have questions around why we chose this name. We thoroughly considered a long list of potential names, including Windows CE again, and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 really did receive the best response.)
I’ll be doing a number of posts about the various key features and changes in Windows Embedded Compact 2013 over the next few posts, but I want to start with arguably the most interesting of the new features: the investments made for Visual Studio 2012 support, both ISV/app development via Visual Studio directly; and the OEM/device development experience with Platform Builder, now hosted in Visual Studio 2012!
With all development now in Visual Studio 2012, there is no longer a need for multiple versions of Visual Studio to support Compact development alongside other Windows platforms. Plus, you’ll get many of the new features and productivity improvements available in Visual Studio 2012 when developing for Compact! We now have the same C++ toolset and standards supported everywhere. (And of course Visual Studio 2012 includes the new features from Visual Studio 2010, which were not previously to Compact developers.)
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Posted By Chris ElliottSenior 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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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
My colleague Werner Reuss recently got to showcase some game-changing new embedded solutions for the manufacturing industry at the annual SPS IPC Drives technology event in Nuremburg, Germany. Werner is the Windows Embedded business lead for Germany and Eastern Europe; here, he shares his impressions of the show.
For the 23rd year in a row, over 55,000 manufacturers, engineers, developers, designers, exhibitors and even the general public (!) attended SPS IPC Drives in Nuremburg this week, Europe’s leading trade show for electric automation.
While I’ve been to the show before with Microsoft, this was my first time with Windows Embedded, a group I joined just this past summer from Microsoft Germany’s Server & Tools business. I was fortunate to join the team at such a significant point in its growth here in Europe.
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The year is 1976.
ABBA, Queen and Rod Stewart rule the airwaves, while “Rocky”and “A Star is Born” dominate at the box office.
It was in 1976 that Ford first launched the Ford Fiesta—a small but mighty hatchback which has gone on to become one of Ford’s global best-sellers, with over 15 million sold.
Thirty-six years later, Ford is introducing the newest Fiesta to Europe by hosting an event in Rome at the famed Cinecittà Studios lot, where drivers put Fiestas to the test. Driving through the location where movies like “Roman Holiday” and “Ben-Hur” were filmed adds something to the Fiesta test-drive experience, to say the least!
Clearly, there’ve been a lot of changes to the Fiesta over the years—most notably, its technology. In the 1976 Fiesta, you would have been lucky to get an FM radio. Today it comes with one of the most comprehensive suites of in-car connectivity features available in a small car: Ford SYNC. In fact, 2012 marks the introduction of SYNC to the Fiesta in Europe, a major milestone in Ford’s approach to democratizing technology, making advanced features more broadly available to customers.
Embedded OEMs and developers often struggle with how to bring up hardware to quickly begin work on their overall solutions. Often, product requirements limit platform options and require extensive development time and costs. Windows Embedded partner Toradex has a great solution to this challenge. Toradex specializes in embedded hardware and software, and with Windows Embedded Compact, Toradex is able to provide solutions that can be not only used to quickly bring up your product, but also provide cost-effective hardware with which you can ship your product.
Toradex has a line of boards and modules that are both standardized and flexible. The Colibri hardware design scales from 208 MHz up to 1 GHz nVidia Tegra 3 and allows hardware updates by just swapping these standardized, pin-compatible modules. A very cool design! Standardization allows costs to be reduced, and it’s flexible enough to be used in a large variety of devices and industries, ranging from industrial automation and control to aerospace and medical. Toradex sells exclusively over the Internet and ships worldwide. And because of their redundant manufacturing facilities around the world, they can provide a reliable supply chain.