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October, 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

bloggers

discussions

  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Overcoming the challenge of the “always connected” customer

    Posted By Myriam Semery
    Windows Embedded BG Lead

    The 14th International Scala Conference took place in Amsterdam recently, and I was invited to present Microsoft’s vision around intelligent systems to a panel of retailers from across Europe. My focus was on how intelligent systems enable a connected customer experience; specifically, how digital signage reinforces the brand and can be adjusted based on season, day of week, or time of day to more effectively attract target audiences in retail. But I also emphasized how competitive retailers need to turn challenges created by the “always connected” (or digital) shopper into opportunities to engage with customers and win their loyalty. 

    Outlining Microsoft’s vision for intelligent systems, in Amsterdam

    The digital customer wants to seamlessly shop and purchase anytime, anywhere, using the device of his or her choice. Today’s “always connected” customer demands instant access to information, and that challenges retailers to deliver experiences that not only reflect the personal preference of each buyer but that execute seamlessly across all devices and channels, in a way that is engaging and brand-enhancing—and that ultimately drives repeat business. Because the store plays a central and diversifying role in any omni-channel strategy, it must be efficiently connected to enterprise systems for first-rate customer service.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Transforming the customer experience with the connected fitting room

    Posted By Steve Dunbar
    Windows Embedded Lead, Northern Europe

    Last month at the Retail Week Technology Summit in London, I presented the Connected Fitting Room concept (along with Microsoft’s partner, Accenture) to the top decision-makers in the retail sector.

    We discussed how the Internet of Things is being realized through intelligent systems such as the Connected Fitting Room, and how solutions such as this bring huge benefits for both the customer and the retailer alike.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

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

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    The October 2013 Security Updates are 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 2861188 - Vulnerabilities in .Net Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2858302 - Vulnerabilities in .Net Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2890788 - Security Update for Microsoft Silverlight

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

    • KB 2876217 - Vulnerability in OLE Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2834904 - Vulnerability in Windows Media Format Runtime Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2834903 - Vulnerability in Windows Media Format Runtime Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2864063 - Vulnerability in Windows Theme File Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2879017 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB 2884256 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB 2883150 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB 2861189 - Vulnerabilities in .Net Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2862335 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB 2862330 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB 2868038 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB 2863239 - Vulnerabilities in .Net Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2861697 - Vulnerabilities in .Net Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB 2847311 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    This download is a cumulative update which incorporates all updates from prior months, for the current year. The componentized updates for July 2013 are included with this update. Therefore you do not need to download and install previous monthly updates.

    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

    Transforming retail with operational intelligence: Windows Server for Embedded Systems

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

    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 industry devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industry 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. In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about how the use of these server appliances adds tremendous value to enterprises in all of the major industries; in this blog, we will see how server appliances generate business intelligence when used in the retail industry as in-store servers.

    To survive and thrive in an ultracompetitive business environment, retail companies need to create and deliver a differentiated customer experience, and maintain it consistently across all touch points. With so many aspects of the customer experience now enabled, driven and aided by technology, there are new opportunities for retail companies to effectively extend their brand across multiple remote locations. Retailers work towards building store systems that scalable, modular and purpose-built, and optimized to connect with their headquarters IT systems to be able to pull data in real time. And they look for cost-effective, high-performance solutions that generate reports that include actionable data to enable better business decisions, as well as better customer service.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Could the Internet of Things help trigger a new period of economic growth?

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    When it comes to the kind of landmark, disruptive technologies that have changed the face of economies and nations, there is a very short, debatable list: monumental developments such as electricity, flight, automobiles, the telephone, the PC.

    Today there may or may not be that Edison or Tesla working on building the next invention that changes everything. Innovation may not come from a single person or even a single company. But as the economy in the developed world has largely shifted during the past several years, there is also no doubt that the continued evolution of technologies is providing a solid platform for innovation that can lead to the next big wave of economic opportunity. Witness the impact that mobile phones are having across the world.

    Thinking and reading about these issues, I often catch myself watching for that next technology boost that will really change things. Where are we heading over the next decade and beyond? I’m on record, of course, as saying the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to play a part in building that new, new economy, and it’s interesting to see the emerging consensus on exactly that.

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