Posted By The Embedded Ninja
In speaking to customers, one of the device categories that continually raises some of the most interesting progressive conversation is kiosks. Many of us, when asked, could probably do a great job describing the qualities of a kiosk solution. More importantly, however, is how many of those qualities could also be said to be true for digital signage, interactive POS devices, and vending machines. One of our ninjas, Eric Kamont, speaks to a very interesting scenario for vending machines and their progression beyond your father’s “insert-quarters-and-press-D5” vending machine. Enjoy!
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Congratulations to my fellow ninja followers. If you’re reading this, that means you made it out of the holidays and 2012. Happy New Year!
All joking aside, happy 2013 to all of you readers that have come to enjoy the peek behind the curtain that the Embedded Ninja brings. The start of a new year for me wouldn’t be quite the same without two specific things: NRF’s Big Show (the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO) and a technology prediction for the year to come. The Big Show, as some of you probably know, is the largest retail-focused trade show, put on every January in New York City. The books are all closed on the retail business for 2012, all the holiday decorations are down, and it’s time to start figuring out how to do it all over again. I use the show as an opportunity to analyze technology and make predictions for the year. Regarding my prediction for 2013, put on your Wayfarers for a moment (indeed, they’ve made a comeback), jump in the Wayback Machine with me and let’s talk retail technology for a few moments – specifically vending.
Now, I imagine I just got an “Ugh, really? Vending?” response from all of you readers. But go with me on this. Vending has a tremendous history throughout the world during the 19th and 20th centuries. And it is still shockingly paramount in the retail-tech world, where I predict it will only continue to grow.
Posted By Kevin DallasGeneral Manager
There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the retail industry the last few years—much of it at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers whose chief competitors play by a slightly different set of rules and business requirements. Together with some of our device partners and retail customers, we’re designing solutions to help the brick-and-mortar retailer regain its competitive edge. Technical Program Manager Jeff Wettlaufer helped design a solution with Motorola and The Home Depot, and it’s on display in New York this week at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO. Jeff is here today to provide some insight on how the solution can transform the shopping experience.
Hi everyone, we are here in New York to attend the 102nd NRF convention. Can you imagine what some of those first few events 90 to 100 years ago must have been like compared to today?
This is my first NRF, and while not my first “event rodeo” this one is different from those TechEds and Microsoft Management Summits. This event is massive, with more than 35,000 attendees — all suited and booted leaders from the industry here to check out the latest advancements in retail. It’s going to be interesting, as major stakeholders are in attendance. The run-up to the event has been amazing. For the past 10 months, our Microsoft team has been driving some very cool things that we get to announce today. We thought a quick blog post about what we are showing would be interesting to you.
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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
It’s an exciting week in New York for our Windows Embedded team, who are on hand at the National Retail Federation Convention & EXPO to announce a brand-new product release preview. Windows Embedded senior product manager David Wurster has details.
In October 2012, we announced our road map for the Windows Embedded 8 family of products by sharing availability dates for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro, and introducing you to Windows Embedded 8 Industry.
All Windows Embedded 8 products will be available in the first half of 2013 and will enable our OEM partners to create differentiated devises that will utilize the rich, immersive and multi-touch customer experience to delight users and help them extend the intelligence of their information technology systems.
This week in New York, we’re rolling out the newest member of our Windows Embedded family, and it’s a complete re-imagining of what an enterprise mobile device should be. D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager for Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, has details.
At the end of 2011, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, shared with our customers and partners that the next generation of Windows Embedded Handheld would be based on Windows 8 technology. This past October, we provided more details when we published our updated Windows Embedded road map, noting that the new platform is built on Windows Phone 8 and would be called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, and we promised that more details would be available in January.
Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO, our team is taking the covers off of Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, introducing our device hardware partners, and showcasing the next generation of mobile line-of-business application experiences with one of our launch customers, showing how Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices help them deliver on the promise of intelligent systems.
Microsoft and mobile devices for industry have a long and successful history together. Starting with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Microsoft mobile platforms today power mobile devices in all industries, helping businesses and governments deliver secure mobile productivity in stores, warehouses, delivery fleets, ports, hospitals, and airplanes. Devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners ensure customers have durable, secure, and reliable connectivity to enterprise systems, allowing them focus on their business, whether inside their showrooms, on the road, at the jobsite or at their customers.