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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8: A Developer’s Perspective

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    This week marks a major milestone for Windows Embedded and intelligent systems. Microsoft Windows Embedded’s senior product manager David Wurster has details.

    The day is finally here: Windows Embedded 8 products are generally available, and our OEM partners can start shipping their Window 8-based edge devices to customers.  Bringing Windows Embedded 8 to edge devices is an important milestone as the role of edge devices and intelligent systems continue to transform the way business gets done. 

    On March 20, we announced the immediate availability of Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Pro to our OEM partners, and that Windows Embedded 8 Industry will be available to OEMs the week of April 1 (no joke). Enterprise customers will have the ability to add additional functionality to their edge devices through Volume Licensing starting July 1. 

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    The Next Generation of Experience and Insight

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    Today we announced the general availability of the Windows Embedded 8 family of products. You can read more about that announcement here.

    I’ve been involved in a lot of launches at Microsoft over the years, but to me, this feels like something more. As the promise of a world of connected devices and the Internet of Things accelerates, enterprises have the unparalleled opportunity to capture, analyze and act on data throughout their organization with intelligent systems.

    Windows Embedded 8 is set to be a catalyst for this acceleration, coupling the power of Windows 8 technologies on edge devices with the full software and services stack from Microsoft behind them. Now applications designed to work on a range of industry devices can deliver modern, rich experiences, while leveraging the power of technologies stretching all the way back to the cloud. Imagine the possibilities.

    Caption: Video: Kevin Dallas talks with GigaOm’s Adam Lesser about new possibilities for the enterprise with Windows Embedded 8.

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    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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