March, 2013

Creating cloud-connected
"intelligent" elevators
with Microsoft Azure services
Introducing Microsoft
Azure Intelligent
Systems Service
How big data
creates new
marketing options
for retailers
Enabling productivity
with the
Internet of Things



  • Windows Embedded Blog

    March 2013 Security Updates are on MyOEM for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The March 2013 Security Updates are now available on MyOEM for Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3 and Windows® Embedded Standard 2009.

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

    • KB2807986 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2809289 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

    The download is a cumulative update which incorporates all updates from prior months, for the current year. The componentized updates for February 2013 are included in this update. Therefore you do not need to download and install previous monthly updates. The new updates included in this download can be applied directly to runtime images. The componentized versions of these updates for updating the database will be included in the next month's security update release.

    If you have questions on accessing MyOEM, please email the OEM Customer Communications Care Team at


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Transforming the Low-Tech Retail Letdown

    Posted By Simon Francis
    Solutions Specialist

    I’ve become a fascinated observer of the shopping experience here in the UK, and the many opportunities to use technology to transform poor customer experiences. A recent shopping experience of my own highlighted the opportunity that is lost when stores don’t support their sales associates.

    Rapidly approaching middle age—OK, I’ll admit it: I am middle-aged, and maybe I was shopping in a store better suited to Generation Y–but here’s my “Why.”

    Store Interior

    Many retail store displays keep inventory overhead…or in a back room. A connected handheld device could instantly offer in-stock information.

    I found a particularly great sweatshirt—great color, great logo—not in my size. No problem; there was a store associate nearby, looking far too cool to be disturbed, but he came straight over and was extremely helpful. He checked all of the shelves for the right size. This included grabbing a ladder and checking the shelves that were far too high up to be of use. Then he ran down two flights of the nearby stairs, saying that he would get a check of the store room.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    March Madness

    Posted By Werner Reuss
    Windows Embedded Business Lead for Germany and Eastern Europe

    No, I’m not talking about the college basketball tournament that is so popular in the U.S., I’m talking about the maddening number of events I have attended over the past few weeks. And while being on the road can be tiring, it’s really worth it to meet with customers and partners, and gauge the reaction to intelligent systems in real time.

    The feedback about the intelligent systems concept and messaging remains unchanged. It resonates very well with partners and with customers. Events provide an opportunity to show something more tangible to drive broader awareness on embedded technology trends and how Microsoft can help enterprises capitalize on them.

    My key takeaway from these events is that the market is changing…fast.


    The madness began at Embedded World, held in Nuremberg in late February. Unlike other tradeshows with waning attendance, Embedded World grew this year, to 22,547 visitors. Around 70% of the visitors came from Germany, the rest from various EMEA countries.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Dell Cloud Client Computing Will Soon Offer Windows Embedded 8 Standard Thin Clients

    Dell joins Microsoft in celebrating the announcement of Windows Embedded 8 general availability. Read more on the Direct2Dell blog.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8: A Developer’s Perspective

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    This week marks a major milestone for Windows Embedded and intelligent systems. Microsoft Windows Embedded’s senior product manager David Wurster has details.

    The day is finally here: Windows Embedded 8 products are generally available, and our OEM partners can start shipping their Window 8-based edge devices to customers.  Bringing Windows Embedded 8 to edge devices is an important milestone as the role of edge devices and intelligent systems continue to transform the way business gets done. 

    On March 20, we announced the immediate availability of Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Pro to our OEM partners, and that Windows Embedded 8 Industry will be available to OEMs the week of April 1 (no joke). Enterprise customers will have the ability to add additional functionality to their edge devices through Volume Licensing starting July 1. 


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