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July, 2013

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Build high performance server appliances with Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the second in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    As indicated in the previous blog, Embedded OEMs and customers can now start testing their suitability for using the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to the Windows Server 2012 R2), which provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for embedded systems to build server appliances—preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system—which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industrial devices such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores and historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent systems architectures.

    Today we are going to focus on the new performance features within virtualization, networking and automation areas that are included in Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Solving patient-data breaches starts with human solutions

    Posted By Valerie Olague
    Americas Business Group Lead

    You hear or read about it almost every day: Patient healthcare data breaches involving thousands, even hundreds of thousands of patient records. It can happen in hospitals, physicians’ offices, research centers and nearly everywhere patient data records are held. As a consumer of healthcare, I certainly get nervous with every new article, wondering “Who has access to my medical information?”

    Is the problem with the software systems? In some cases, yes. For example, I recently read how some free mobile health applications sell user information to advertisers. As a marketer, I can see some potential user benefits to this.  For one, if I upload information indicating I have a bad cold and within an hour I get a coupon for free nasal spray, that’s not so bad. But what about having a deeply personal medical issue and suddenly your name is made available to every company that wants to profit from your illness?  Picture a phone call while eating dinner with the family at home and your child picks up the phone to hear a pre-recorded message on the advantages of Viagra. That’s not so good.

    Thanks to the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), I don’t have to worry about being denied insurance due to a pre-existing illness if I decided to leave my job. But that doesn’t mean my healthcare records should be easily available to insurance companies … or to advertisers. The PPACA also includes a new mandate for Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems that is set to take effect in 2014. Healthcare providers are now attempting to get these systems implemented before the deadline and outside of cost, security of patient data is high on the list for the selection process. Some companies don’t trust larger EMR and EHR software vendors and thus try to write the systems themselves. The Pentagon has already spent five years and more than $1 billion trying to do just this but found it was a lot harder than they thought.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

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

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    The July 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 2813347 - Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Client Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2832407 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2835393 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2840628 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2847559 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution

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

    • KB 2832411 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2833940 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2834886 - Vulnerability in GDI+ Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2834903 - Vulnerability in Windows Media Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2834904 - Vulnerability in Windows Media Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2840629 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2844285 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework and Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2846071 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB 2850851 - Vulnerabilities in Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2845187 - Vulnerability in DirectShow Could Allow Remote Code Execution

    This download is a cumulative update which incorporates all updates from prior months, for the current year. The componentized updates for June 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 OEM@microsoft.com.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The hard and soft facts behind ‘real time’

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Technical Program Manager, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded

    We’re excited by the prospects for Windows Embedded Compact 2013. Developers have been actively downloading the full toolkit since Microsoft announced the general availability in June. In a post to this blog at the time, I shared details about the GA including a look some of the newest tools like Microsoft Platform Builder and Application Builder.

    Today, I’m following up on my promise in the blog post to take a look at what it means to be real time and how that transfers to the expectation of real-time support on an embedded device. First, What do we mean when we say “hard real time” vs. “soft real time”? A hard real time statement refers to true determinism, or the ability of a system to meet a specified deadline for a task or process. A soft real time system may still offer a certain level of determinism but won’t promise to meet a deadline. Basically, a system that claims to be hard real time will fail to truly be so if it misses a deadline for a task or process.

    A real-world version of a soft deadline would be “Let’s get coffee around 4pm.” while a hard deadline would be “Let’s catch the train at 4pm”. The coffee shop is likely still serving coffee after 4pm so you can sit and have coffee with your friend even if you’re a few minutes late, but the train has likely left and your friend is waiting for you and fuming on the train platform as you arrive late. As there is probably not another train for quite some time, I hope there is a nice coffee shop in the train station!

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Powering a connected commute in Paris

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    One of the most exciting parts of the job for us here at Windows Embedded is learning about innovative, real-world applications of our technology. These applications always drive business forward with incredible access to new operational intelligence; often, there’s a truly human side to the story, too, and that’s one reason we’re particularly interested in the Autolib’ car-sharing solution in and around Paris.

    We recently profiled Autolib’s cutting-edge solution on the Windows Embedded News Center; today, I’m pleased to share with you a video of the Autolib’ system our team shot in Paris. It’s a vivid reminder of how Microsoft and Windows Embedded technology can have a positive impact on daily life — here, by relieving traffic congestion and pollution, and giving millions of Parisians a better way to get where they’re going. The Paris program is so successful that it’s expanding to the U.S.; it’s just been announced that the solution’s developer is planning to launch a similar Windows Embedded-based solution in Indianapolis, some time in late 2014.

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