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January, 2013

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent Systems Defining New Retail Experiences

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the retail industry the last few years—much of it at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers whose chief competitors play by a slightly different set of rules and business requirements. Together with some of our device partners and retail customers, we’re designing solutions to help the brick-and-mortar retailer regain its competitive edge. Technical Program Manager Jeff Wettlaufer helped design a solution with Motorola and The Home Depot, and it’s on display in New York this week at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO. Jeff is here today to provide some insight on how the solution can transform the shopping experience.   

    Hi everyone, we are here in New York to attend the 102nd NRF convention. Can you imagine what some of those first few events 90 to 100 years ago must have been like compared to today?

    This is my first NRF, and while not my first “event rodeo” this one is different from those TechEds and Microsoft Management Summits. This event is massive, with more than 35,000 attendees — all suited and booted leaders from the industry here to check out the latest advancements in retail. It’s going to be interesting, as major stakeholders are in attendance. The run-up to the event has been amazing. For the past 10 months, our Microsoft team has been driving some very cool things that we get to announce today. We thought a quick blog post about what we are showing would be interesting to you.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 Industry Release Preview now part of the Windows Embedded 8 family

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    It’s an exciting week in New York for our Windows Embedded team, who are on hand at the National Retail Federation Convention & EXPO to announce a brand-new product release preview. Windows Embedded senior product manager David Wurster has details.

    In October 2012, we announced our road map for the Windows Embedded 8 family of products by sharing availability dates for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro, and introducing you to Windows Embedded 8 Industry.

    • Windows Embedded 8 Standard is a modular version of Windows 8 with additional technologies to enable industry device scenarios. A Windows Embedded 8 Standard Release Preview is now available.
    • Windows Embedded 8 Pro is the full version of Windows 8 that we'll be bringing through the Embedded channel.
    • Windows Embedded 8 Industry is a fixed configuration solution featuring additional technologies to enable industry device scenarios. Windows Embedded 8 Industry is the new name for our Windows Embedded POSReady product. The reason for the change is that we see the capabilities of this operating system fitting into a much larger number of device categories than just point-of-service.

    All Windows Embedded 8 products will be available in the first half of 2013 and will enable our OEM partners to create differentiated devises that will utilize the rich, immersive and multi-touch customer experience to delight users and help them extend the intelligence of their information technology systems.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 Handheld joins the Windows Embedded 8 family

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    This week in New York, we’re rolling out the newest member of our Windows Embedded family, and it’s a complete re-imagining of what an enterprise mobile device should be. D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager for Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, has details.

    At the end of 2011, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, shared with our customers and partners that the next generation of Windows Embedded Handheld would be based on Windows 8 technology. This past October, we provided more details when we published our updated Windows Embedded road map, noting that the new platform is built on Windows Phone 8 and would be called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, and we promised that more details would be available in January.

    Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO, our team is taking the covers off of Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, introducing our device hardware partners, and showcasing the next generation of mobile line-of-business application experiences with one of our launch customers, showing how Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices help them deliver on the promise of intelligent systems.

    Microsoft and mobile devices for industry have a long and successful history together. Starting with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Microsoft mobile platforms today power mobile devices in all industries, helping businesses and governments deliver secure mobile productivity in stores, warehouses, delivery fleets, ports, hospitals, and airplanes. Devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners ensure customers have durable, secure, and reliable connectivity to enterprise systems, allowing them focus on their business, whether inside their showrooms, on the road, at the jobsite or at their customers.

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    A Sterling Case for Intelligent Systems in UK Retail

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    My clan and I devote our lives to working with Windows Embedded customers to bring truth, justice and the Embedded Way in this technology-driven world. OK, maybe that should read ‘to bring Identity, Security, Connectivity, Manageability, UX, Analytics…and the Intelligent Systems Way’. After all, it is the implementation of a complete Intelligent System that we all strive to share with you, our loyal ninja followers. A description of one such example of an Intelligent System in action comes from our ninja in the U.K., Simon Francis. Simon is a Windows Embedded Solutions Specialist who wanted to share his story about a retail success in a rather challenging environment. Over to you, Simon.

     

    The number is staggering.

    Approximately 25,000 people in the retail industry attend the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO in New York. Countries from around the world are represented at this massive event taking place this week.

    While many markets and regions will paint a picture of growth and prosperity in the sector, there are some spots on the globe that offer a more challenging retail scenario. One example is in the U.K.

    Research from Deloitte this month shows that 194 U.K. retailers were forced into administration in 2012, compared with 183 in 2011 and 165 in 2010. Deloitte predicted further distress in the retail sector in 2013 as the U.K. high street continues to face economic and structural challenges – from muted consumer spending over Christmas to the increasing popularity of online retailers.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Microsoft Brews Up a Solution for Costa Coffee

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    With the holiday shopping season behind us and my upcoming travel to next week’s National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO in New York, I’ve been thinking about the opportunity we frequently discuss with retailers and hospitality organizations to transform the customer experience with intelligent systems—perhaps none as tangible as a fresh, delicious, custom-brewed cup of Costa Coffee.

    The story behind the iconic red Costa Express vending machines really underscores the power and flexibility of the Microsoft platform. The UK’s leading self-service espresso bar, Costa Coffee’s acquisition of Coffee Nation in 2011 resulted in the birth of Costa Express. There are now more than 2,500 machines in the UK since the launch of Costa Express 18 months ago. Moving forward, our consulting team worked with Costa to customize a solution that met their business goals—specifically capitalizing on actionable data to drive greater ROI for Costa and, soon, a better cup for coffee lovers.

    When Costa decided to build a next-generation coffee-serving machine, they wanted a flexible, end-to-end solution, so they sought out the leader in platforms for intelligent systems, business analytics and cloud computing. Working with partner Bsquare, Costa created a scalable intelligent system that delivers on the company’s goal of bringing a smarter, more connected and richer experience to the customer.

    Just as it takes more than a bean to make a good cup of coffee, it takes more than a chip to run an intelligent system. The flexibility of the Windows Embedded platform was key for Bsquare and Costa; with the power to support a range of architectures, Microsoft is able to help partners develop solutions that exactly meet their needs.

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