May, 2013

Creating cloud-connected
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Enabling productivity
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Internet of Things



  • Windows Embedded Blog

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

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    The May 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 Embedded Standard 2009:

    • KB 2804576 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Spoofing
    • KB 2847204 - Security Update for Internet Explorer

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

    • KB 2804577 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Spoofing
    • KB 2829361 - Vulnerabilities in Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation Of Privilege
    • KB 2829530 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB 2820197 - Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits

    This download is a cumulative update which incorporates all updates from prior months, for the current year. The componentized updates for April 2013 are included with 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 update for updating the database will be included in 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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    Behind the scenes at the birth of Microsoft’s intelligent car program

    Posted By Walter Sullivan

    Walter Sullivan, senior project manager for Windows Embedded Automotive

    Ten years ago, in April of 2003, a small team from Fiat and Microsoft got together in Redmond, in Microsoft’s Building 32, to talk about a potential collaboration. I was lucky enough to be in this meeting, unsure of whether there was any real opportunity. Through the course of the discussion, we started to realize that Fiat and Microsoft had a very common vision for how mobile devices would be integrated into the driving environment; both companies recognized the growth in personal mobile devices we were about to see. In fact, as we were prototyping our concept, the engineers at Fiat and their Research Center (CRF) were working on a very similar concept, which we saw for the first time later in 2003 as we continued our discussions. We at Microsoft called ours T-Box; Fiat called theirs Convergence. The similarities were uncanny.

    Development actually began in early 2004, and we handed off the final production device to Fiat in June of 2005. We developed the hardware and the software from scratch (very little of either prototype was actually used in the production system) in about 16 months. Over the next few months, we continued to build the second version, which added an embedded cellular module, vehicle diagnostics and navigation. The products, of course, were Fiat’s Blue&Me and Blue&Me Nav, which began production in the fall of 2005.



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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Does my bum look big in this? The shifting consumer experience, part 2

    Posted By Simon Francis
    Solutions Specialist

    Our two-part blog series on “smart” shopping trends continues with this analysis from Simon Francis on dressing-room innovation.

    Delay mirrors, like this one from Comqi, record and plays back the last few seconds of your life, so you can check your look from behind

    Delay mirrors, like this one from Comqi, record and plays back the last few seconds of your life, so you can check your look from behind

    Now and then you come across an idea that really makes you take your hat off to the instigators’ ingenuity. This happened to me on a recent shopping expedition whilst looking for a new pair of jeans.

    After locating the pair I wanted, I headed off to the changing-room area. The rooms were great, in a cool industrial theme, very stylish, lots of space…altogether nice. After putting on the jeans, I ventured out of the changing room and headed towards a large mirror nearby.

    They say you can depend on two things in life: death and taxes. I believe there is a third thing that comes into play for all the non-vampires among us: You should be able to see your reflection in a mirror. So it is very disconcerting when you don’t.

    After 15 seconds of waving my arms around looking hard at an apparently faulty mirror (who ever heard of a mirror that doesn’t work?), something magical happened: The “mirror” jumped into life and played back the last 15 seconds of my life. No, it wasn’t something from “Back to the Future”–it was in fact a video kiosk on a delay loop. It took another 15 seconds for this the “ah ha” moment to sink in.

    How fantastic to provide a kiosk solution that not only increases the “theater of retail,” but also provides a way for customers to check “Does my bum look big in this?” As a customer, I have raved about this experience. And yes, I bought the jeans, and I will go back.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Signs of the times: the shifting consumer experience, part 1

    Posted By Guillaume Estegassy
    Windows Embedded Business Group Lead for Japan

    From attracting customers through digital signage to creating in-store dressing-room intelligent systems, technology is no doubt transforming the consumer experience. Today, Guillaume Estegassy brings you part one of our two-part blog series exploring these ‘smart’ shopping trends.

    As a daily user of the remarkable Tokyo metro and train systems, alongside 40 million people (yes, that is daily), I started to notice something peculiar: empty conventional signage spaces.

    Empty signage space in the Tokyo subway

    Empty signage space in the Tokyo subway

    Where you have an opportunity to reach tens of thousands of people a day in one given station, why isn’t every signage space occupied? Simply because they are evolving, from a past where static, “disconnected,” mono-directional communication tools are no longer relevant. Indeed, if I owned a business and wanted to increase my reach, what would compel me to rent this empty space? I’d want to know how many people look at it; whether they are men, women, adults, kids; how long they looked at it; and if they were happy, or making a face. I’d want to see the data to support the claims, too. Am I asking for too much? Not anymore. As the technology is becoming available today, these questions are also part of the thinking process when considering digital signage.


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    The “secret sauce” of the retail experience

    Posted By Steve Dunbar
    Windows Embedded Lead, Northern Europe

    Hello, blog readers! My name is Steve Dunbar, and as you can see from my bio, I am the business group lead for Northern Europe. The London newspaper The Times recently published a feature examining The Future of Retail, particularly how High Street brick-and-mortar operations are leveraging data to compete with online retailers to offer more personalization and lower prices. This conundrum was a core topic of discussion at a partner event I recently attended in Majorca, Spain, as it has a lot of relevancy to our own intelligent systems vision.

    Toshiba Connect Europe 2013 (formerly IBM Business Partner University) is an educational business briefing and networking opportunity by Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions business (TGCS). The event provided insight into current issues facing retailers, and creative ways sales teams can craft and install intelligent business solutions to meet customer needs. Throughout the event, speakers and sessions reinforced the continued drive to work with partners to create solutions that integrate the various consumer touch points.


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