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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Build efficient server appliances using Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

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

    The following is the third 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 blogs, customers of Embedded OEMs can now start testing the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2) that 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, historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent system architectures.

    Today we are going to focus on the new storage features that are included in the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Creating a custom shell in Compact 2013

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

    The shell you say! What is a shell, anyway? Typically a shell application manages the base user interface of the system including access to applications and files and the ability to configure the system. In the case of an embedded device, a typical multi-function desktop shell is overkill, taking up way too much space and requiring far more overhead than a purpose-driven embedded device wants or needs.

    With that in mind, one of the most noticeable changes to Window Embedded Compact 2013 is the removal of the large and dated Windows 95-style shell. The Compact team was quite torn on this decision; on the one hand, it was an excellent developer tool-- easy to launch files, everyone knew how to use it--but when that same shell appears on your refrigerator, digital sign or vending machine, people were not as impressed by its versatility. Enter MinShell. This new Compact shell offers a much smaller feature set. It is basically an application launcher that can be customized to launch any application. For developers, it comes preset to launch “CMD.EXE,” a DOS command processor, so you can copy and launch applications as needed. But MinShell is designed, and begs to be, replaced.

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