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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Compact Shell Launcher

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    I want to describe you a situation and I’m sure you are familiar with it: You come across a digital signage device or point of sale terminal and there is an error code showing on the Windows desktop. The device is inactive, waiting for someone to reboot it. This is not just pretty lame; it might hurt your service or your company if you allow it to happen.

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    Augmented Reality Vending Machines, and Other Glimpses of the Future of Retail

    Posted By Guillaume Estegassy
    Windows Embedded BG Lead for Japan

    Earlier this month, we wrapped up a fantastic week at Retail Tech Japan (RTJ), celebrated on an incredibly warm Tokyo day. Equally warm was the reception from the press and the visitors to Microsoft’s "Delivering the Future of Retail Today" booth. Over 5,500 visitors came over the course of 4 days to attend demonstrations and presentations, and to marvel at amazing technological examples of what our partners can deliver with the power of Windows Embedded 8. Our major Japanese partners in the retail industry, Toshiba TEC, NEC and Fujitsu, also had a plethora of Windows Embedded solutions at their respective booths (or supermarket mockups!).

    Visitors were particularly impressed with the number of demonstrations using the release preview of Windows Embedded 8 Industry. And in the case of Windows Embedded 8, touching is believing. The new generation of POS systems with their gesture-enabled, modern, rich Windows 8 applications made a positive impression on retail professionals.

    One of the clear trends of the show was the prevalence of end-to-end cloud-based solutions for retail, many targeted at small- to mid-size retailers, who don’t have big IT investment capacity but want to benefit from the power of big data and the advances of technology previously only available to the bigger retailers. Smaller retailers interested in cloud-based solutions showed great interest in Windows Embedded combined with Windows Azure, and re-affirmed their need for flexibility, ease of deployment, device manageability and security.

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    Five Reasons Intelligent Systems are Growing in Korea

    Posted By SeongJin Kang
    Windows Embedded Business Lead for Korea

    The information-technology market is expected to grow continuously here in Korea, despite risks compounded by fears of a prolonged, worldwide economic slump. In just the past few months, there has been a tremendous number of IT market forecasts for the coming year. Although these reports are full of detailed and various explanations and modifiers, they all have one interesting thing in common: none of them failed to include the term “big data.” This really shows that big data is not a term that’s come into vogue, only to be soon swept away; big data is a significant factor for business. That means that the days are rapidly approaching where implementing and leveraging big data is a necessity in a real business environment.

    With every passing day, the business environment in Korea—as elsewhere—is quickly changing, incorporating a vast increase in the quantity and quality of available data, transformed by intelligent systems into meaningful information for businesses. What will the enabling factors be for the increased development of intelligent systems?

    There are five technical trends that are accelerating these changes in the business ecosystem. The first trend is connectivity, which enables swift and easy data transfer by leveraging wired and wireless communications including WiFi, 3G and 4G. The second trend is big data, which is growing explosively, thanks to the proliferation of Internet-based devices and connected systems, as well as individuals. The third is computing power, which is making possible tremendous features and performance attributes in smaller and smaller computers than ever before. The fourth is social networking service, which enables intra-person social interactions, free of time and space restrictions. Last but not least is logical and physical security, which buttress secure transactions, processing, storing and utilizations of information.

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    The Intelligent Grocery Store: The Future of the Retail Industry

    Posted By John Boladian
    Marketing Director, Asia Pacific & Greater China

    It’s often the small, everyday experiences that really illustrate how important intelligent systems are becoming to customer service. In Japan, those systems are already revolutionizing the grocery-store experience, as my colleague Guillaume Estegassy, the new Windows Embedded BG lead for Japan, explains.

    After many years spent on the Windows Embedded team in Redmond, I am thrilled to now look after the Japanese market. And what a great time to get on board, as we are preparing for Retail Tech Japan (RTJ) held March 5-7; the biggest retail show in Japan and one the biggest in the world. How big is it? About 670 booths in an approximately 161,000 square-foot venue, Tokyo Big Site, where about 150,000 visitors are expected.

    It is fascinating to witness the evolution of retail over the years, and how intelligent systems are becoming a reality—a reality that all of us, as consumers, are either starting to experience now or will experience in the very near future. Picture yourself two years ago, shopping in your favorite supermarket. A few posters advertise the weekly or monthly promotions (maybe some delicious Yubari watermelon from Hokkaido!). But unfortunately, there are no more watermelons left in the store, and you can only stare at the mouthwatering image on the wall. Today, thanks to the systems diversity and built-in intelligence, a supermarket will run digital signage that is directly connected to their cash registers and back-end servers. Not only will the signs react to the availability of the product, they will also adapt to make sure the timing of sales is optimum, and that customers have a great, seamless experience. For retail, we are talking about a multitude of connected devices, from a small mobile- payment terminal to a giant digital signage screen, in all sorts of forms and shapes. And with the Windows 8 experience, the possibilities and scenario are almost limitless. It’s all about attracting customers by understanding what they want, and guiding them through an enjoyable buying experience. Can you imagine a digital sign that analyzes your fact to learn your age and whether you are a male or female, and then adjusts its display to offer you products targeted to you? This is not a thing of the future— it exists today in Tokyo!

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    A Better Bedside Manner

    Posted By Myriam Semery
    Windows Embedded BG Lead

    According to the World Health Organization, France has the top-rated healthcare system in the world. Part of this can be attributed to our belief that all citizens should have access to quality medical care, but also the government’s commitment to fostering innovation and economic development in the healthcare system via agencies such as Eurasante.

    Two companies pushing the innovation envelope in the area of patient care are Groupe Scotler and Econocom. They joined forces to address the need to provide doctors and nurses with easy access to patient medical information, as well as improve the comfort of patients during their hospital stay. Scotler brought its expertise building customized software and hardware solutions; Econocom contributed its years of working as a system integrator and solution provider. The result is Care and Comfort.

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