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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    An Irishman in Beijing

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    Last week, as China marked a major political milestone, my colleague John Doyle had the great fortune of being in Beijing to celebrate a milestone of sorts for Microsoft: the announcement of the planned roll out of a new suite of Windows Embedded 8 products. John is the director of product management for Windows Embedded; here, he offers his impressions of the historic week.

    Just returned from a week in Beijing. It was a really interesting time to experience the capital city as last Thursday marked the first leadership transition in a decade.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Driver Discovery on Windows Embedded 8

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    For Windows Embedded 8, we’ve done what we can to make the OS development process easier and more streamlined. I think you’ll like the changes. However in working with customers, I’ve found that it’s not always straightforward to understand which drivers are needed on a particular device. With this post, I will provide some tools and best practices that will help ensure that you end up with the correct drivers on your devices.

    Tip #1 – Start with Windows 8

    By installing Windows 8 onto your target hardware, you will ensure that all possible drivers are included on the system, since Windows 8 ships with all “In Box” drivers included.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Compact v.Next uncovered

    Posted By David Campbell
    Program Manager

    Woo hoo, it’s finally time to share more information about the upcoming release! First, the release now officially has a name: Windows Embedded Compact 2013. (I know that folks probably have questions around why we chose this name. We thoroughly considered a long list of potential names, including Windows CE again, and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 really did receive the best response.)

    I’ll be doing a number of posts about the various key features and changes in Windows Embedded Compact 2013 over the next few posts, but I want to start with arguably the most interesting of the new features: the investments made for Visual Studio 2012 support, both ISV/app development via Visual Studio directly; and the OEM/device development experience with Platform Builder, now hosted in Visual Studio 2012!

    With all development now in Visual Studio 2012, there is no longer a need for multiple versions of Visual Studio to support Compact development alongside other Windows platforms. Plus, you’ll get many of the new features and productivity improvements available in Visual Studio 2012 when developing for Compact! We now have the same C++ toolset and standards supported everywhere. (And of course Visual Studio 2012 includes the new features from Visual Studio 2010, which were not previously to Compact developers.)

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 is Intelligent Systems Ready

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    A couple of weeks ago, at the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit, I had a chance to catch David Wurster’s presentation on new features and functionality in the Windows Embedded 8 platform. As senior product marketing manager for Embedded, David has a great vantage point to see all of the cool things going on with Windows Embedded 8 as the new suite of products are rolled out over the next year. The following is a blog post he put together for me, so we could share those features in this space.

    Over the next year, we're bringing Windows 8 to the embedded market, allowing OEMs, enterprises, developers and other partners to build devices and applications that offer a high-performance, fast, fluid experience without sacrificing any of the security and flexibility that the reimagined Windows delivers:

    • Windows Embedded 8 Standard continues to be our modular, componentized version of Windows 8. We add technologies on top of that to enable industry-specific scenarios. A release preview is available now, with general availability scheduled for March.
    • Windows Embedded 8 Pro is the full version of Windows we'll be bringing through the embedded channel. This will also be available in the March timeframe.
    • Windows Embedded 8 Industry is the new name for our Windows Embedded POSReady product. The reason for the change is that we see the capabilities of this operating system fitting into a much larger number of device categories than just point-of-service. In January, we’ll be offering our first community technology preview of this important release.

    We’ve done a lot of work to make sure Windows Embedded 8 is ready for the world of intelligent systems. In the end, it’s all about being able to deliver the kind of rich, compelling, connected line-of-business experiences that people expect.

    Much of the excitement around the new platform centers on its multi touch and ten-point touch experiences and the capabilities they enable for the device world. Check out the demo video below for a look at how smooth Windows Embedded 8-based applications can be:

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    Life Imitates Art: Microsoft Helps Bring the Future to Life Today

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    I’m a bit of a movie buff and in the past couple of years I think we’ve seen some technology emerge that mimics one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time, Minority Report. It’s a bit of a life imitating art moment in that many of the things portrayed as a potential vision of the future are already possible.

    If you haven’t seen it, the movie is set in Washington D.C. in the year 2054. Law enforcement officials are able to prevent crime before it happens: three psychics see into the future and then feed the information to members of the police force’s Precrime Unit, who go out and arrest the criminal before the crime is actually committed.

    It’s certainly an interesting story line, but what really intrigued me about the movie was how director Steven Spielberg captured the concept of the intelligent system as part of everyday life, and how a movie filmed more than a decade ago accurately depicted devices and intelligent systems that we’re seeing have tremendous impact on businesses today:

    • For example, a department store featured digital signs that used facial recognition software to identify a person and adjust the promotions it displayed accordingly.
    • The whole notion of a traditional user experience was gone. Instead, computers had become part of the everyday fabric. Heads-up displays took the place of an LCD monitor and you used voice and gesture to interact with the computer.
    • One of the more subtle things was the ability to instantly access information no matter where it existed, whether within the Pre-Crime Unit headquarters or located somewhere on the Internet.
    • And finally, there’s the car that Tom Cruise’s character flies around in. As much as I’d love to say that flying cars are already here, what caught my eye is the way in which Cruise interacted with his car, merely by talking to it the way he would a friend, and how the car personalized the driving experience for his preferences.

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