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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded at MMS 2012

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    Microsoft Management Summit is a big conference held in Las Vegas ever year targeted to IT-Pros. All the players that mean something in computer management, operations and virtualization are present. Tickets are usually sold out months ahead and this year they were sold out very quickly, since the new version of Configuration Manager was launched.

    Windows Embedded team attended the conference, presenting its Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 and concept of intelligent systems. As you probably know Windows Embedded Device Manager extends capabilities of Configuration Manager for features related to embedded devices. It was very pleasant to see that embedded devices are making its way into enterprises and its capabilities become more and more relevant, so IT-Pros and system administrator are looking for scalable ways of device management. Comparing to last year when most people thought that embedded device is a phone (I’m mean it kind of is, but it’s not as cool as Coca Cola Freestyle machine), this year people were approaching us with specific questions about their devices and how Windows Embedded Device Manager can help them. Windows Embedded powered thin-clients, point-of-service terminals and digital signage are simply becoming first class citizen “computers” inside of the companies.

    The Windows Embedded booth was setup as a big Intelligent System demo with six different Windows Embedded devices: thin-clients, surface, digital signage, ruggedized tablet and Windows Embedded server (alright, alright Windows Phone was there as well). The whole demo was created as a shopping experience from near future. Customers are interacting with shopping window, storing items in the cart on their phones, exploring related items on the surface table, and putting on virtual clothes, while shop assistant has a perfect overview of the store sales data, customer profiles and ordering process in their tablets.

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    Intelligent Systems? They are all around you.

    Posted By Chris Caile
    Group Marketing Manager

    Welcome to the “new” Windows Embedded Intelligent Systems blog!

    As a quick introduction, I’m Chris Caile, Group Marketing Manager on the Windows Embedded Outbound Marketing team. Our team is responsible for our marketing campaigns to tell customers about our solutions around intelligent systems and within our focus industries including retail, health, and industrial automation.

    I’ve been with Embedded for a little under a year and I’m impressed by all the ways smart, connected devices impact our lives. This blog will explore those devices and also showcase companies using devices as part of a broader solution to improve their performance and ultimately our experiences.

    As a visitor to the Windows Embedded blog hopefully you know by now that our division is all about the shift from smart devices to Intelligent Systems.  There are many formal definitions of an intelligent system but the simplest is smart devices that capture data and relay it to a server where the data is turned into valuable insight for the business.  Devices collect data, transmit to a server or database, and then analytic software turns out patterns, trends, and insights to help that system improve.  This process is repeated over and over every day by billions of smart devices.

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    Updated Community Technology Preview released for Windows Embedded Standard 8

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    It’s early June, which means that major announcements are coming out that have nerds everywhere excited.  No, I’m not talking about E3. I’m talking about Computex!  Today, we’re excited to announce the release of the second Community Technology Preview for Windows Embedded Standard 8.  In this post David Wurster, a Product Manager on the Windows Embedded team, gives an overview of what to expect in CTP 2 and how to get your hands on it.

    What an exciting week for Microsoft and the Windows Embedded team.  Today,  June 6, Steven Guggenheimer, corporate VP of our OEM Division, announced the availability of the second Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview (CTP) during his keynote at Computex.   Windows Embedded Standard 8 is a flexible OS that provides the capabilities of Windows 8 plus additional features to support embedded device requirements around:

    • Compliance, security & lockdown features to help our partners and customers develop solutions that meet unique industry requirements, as well as provide vital security and lockdown features to manage how data is secured and the devices are accessed by users.
    • Custom branding for partners to differentiate their solutions and create their own user experiences.
    • Management and servicing of the OS and applications to enable new opportunities for partners and value to enterprises.
    • Modularity of the OS to scale to meet the needs of the device.

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    Ford Makes Its Computex Debut and Unveils Microsoft-powered SYNC to Taiwan

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Walk around Computex and quickly you’ll see that all the usual tech players are there: Intel, Asus, Samsung and of course Microsoft, just to name a few. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that one well-known global brand is making its debut this year at the world’s second largest technology tradeshow. That brand: Ford Motor Company.

    What in the Taiwan is Ford doing at Computex? The same thing it has done at other major technology shows such as CES and Mobile World Congress, proving to the world that the automobile is a consumer electronic device — it’s just a really big one. Oh, and it can go zero-to-100 kilometers-per-hour in less than 7 seconds.

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    Maximizing Internet Explorer in Windows Embedded Compact 7

    Posted By David Campbell
    Program Manager

    I’d like to welcome Doug Boling back as a guest blogger. Doug has another interesting topic this month, the customization of Windows Embedded Compact’s Internet Explorer for Embedded. As a quick introduction again, Doug has been working for many years with Windows Embedded Compact and Windows Embedded CE. He is an author, trainer and consultant specializing in Windows Embedded Compact and CE. Doug also does monthly webcasts on a variety of Windows Embedded Compact topics, like this one, that I would encourage you to check out. You can learn more about Doug by visiting his website at www.bolingconsulting.com.

    Windows Embedded Compact has a customized version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer named Internet Explorer (IE) for Embedded. This powerful browser can be used in a number of ways in an embedded system to enhance the functionality of the system. This post will discuss the various ways to tune, customize and even embed IE for Embedded inside embedded applications.

    IE for Embedded is a customized version of Internet Explorer 7 for the desktop with performance enhancements from IE 8 added as well. Specifically, the JScript engine brought from IE 8 provides a 400% performance improvement over the original IE 7 scripting engine. In addition gesture support along with zoom and pan support is in this browser.

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