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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Experiencing Intelligent Systems in Hospitality and Retail

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    Hi everyone, it has been an incredibly exciting few weeks around the Redmond campus. The launch of Windows 8, the release of Surface (I’m writing this blog on my own Surface with Windows RT) and the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit, shows we have been having a lot of fun. Recently we also hosted the Build conference here on Campus, where several thousand of our favorite developers descended to talk about apps in one of the largest temporary facilities I have ever seen stood up. And today Windows Embedded shared news of its product timeline. There is no question this is an exciting time in the industry.

    With the ‘wave’ of Windows 8 launch happening, we wanted to highlight some areas where Intelligent Systems drive new and compelling scenarios using Windows Embedded 8.  At the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit we showcased several vertically aligned scenarios about how Windows Embedded plays a critical role from the sensor, through embedded devices, to the cloud.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Designing the Car Experience of the Future

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    This week I had the opportunity to attend GigaOM Roadmap in San Francisco. Together with Ford, we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Ford SYNC and 5 million SYNC enabled vehicles shipped milestone.  

    The conference theme was “connected design,” exploring how design and user interface impact the experience people have interacting with connected devices.   This is a topic my team is focused on in our work with Ford and our other automotive partners as we explore how our intelligent systems strategy can help deliver a richer, more personalized experience in the car.  We are thinking about the contextual environment inside the car and how computing helps that experience for customers.

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    Ford SYNC Is Turning 5, and You Could Win an Xbox!

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Ford SYNC powered by Microsoft is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a pioneer in vehicle connectivity system. Help us wish Ford SYNC a happy anniversary by tweeting your favorite SYNC feature and you could win an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

    To celebrate this momentous milestone, Ford and Microsoft are participating in GigaOm Roadmap in San Francisco and the Seattle Auto Show, during which SYNC fans will be given the opportunity to enter our twitter contest to win one of five Xbox 360 with Kinect consoles. The contest kicks off today (now!) and you have two weeks to participate for the chance to win.

    It’s easy to participate, whether you are able to attend either event or not. All you have to do is follow @MSFTWEB and tweet your favorite Ford SYNC feature some time during the two-week period using the #SYNC5 hash tag. We will announce the winners on Sunday, November 18, 2012 between 5 and 6 pm PT.

    That’s all I have to do to win an Xbox 360?! You bet, easy as pie, or if you prefer, anniversary cake.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Heavenly Dog food: Building a DVR with WinTV7

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    Here on the Windows Embedded team, we try to do more than just build software, we also “eat our own dog food” and use our software for our everyday work and to emulate possible customer scenarios. Today I wanted to share with you the first post of a small series about how one of our testers is feasting on the dog food…and loving it.

    This post was written by me (J.T.), but all the hard work was done by Tien Do, a Software Development Engineer in Test on the Windows Embedded team. Tien is currently working on the Embedded OEM Tools team, which focuses on the embedded developer’s end-to-end scenarios. Before joining the Windows Embedded team, he worked on the Windows Fundamentals team, and before working for Microsoft he worked as a firmware developer for a company in the San Francisco bay area. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, sightseeing and driving on long trips.

    Tien took up this work for the same reason that many of us take the time to build something on top of Windows Embedded: to put ourselves in the shoes of our customers and understand the end-to-end experience of creating a specialized device. Tien also hoped to find bugs in our product and to be able to create some guidance and a template for other people in our team and for you, the Windows Embedded customer.

    To do this, Tien had to take several steps. Some of them may be familiar or the way that you would do things, and some of them may be new or different. However, we hope that showing this process to you will make development on Windows Embedded Standard easier.

    For the purposes of this exercise, Tien chose to create a device running WinTV7, because it would be an interesting type of device to have running in his office.

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    Sneak Peek: Intelligent Systems Management Changes in System Center 2012 SP1

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    More and more frequently corporate users are finding themselves in need of a robust management solution for their Intelligent Systems. For example, managing thin client devices to ensure the right VDI or Citrix experience is becoming paramount. In terms of POS devices or interactive kiosks that take payment, managing software updates is a bar of entry for doing business in the world of PCI. And for other devices like those in an industrial scenario, keeping track of the “shift and drift” of an intelligent system ensures quality across the board.

    For all of those scenarios and more, the newest System Center release offers a brilliant upside: It does away with the need for extra software to manage all kinds of embedded devices. Ben Smith, one of our Embedded Ninjas, offers a quick overview embedded-specific enhancements coming in Service Pack 1.

    Many of the large enterprises we work with have implemented Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 on top of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to manage embedded devices.  As you may have seen in the earlier System Center 2012 SP1 blog, with Service Pack 1, the capabilities of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager will be extended to manage Windows Embedded-based thin clients, Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals, digital signage, kiosks, and others.  This functionality means devices other than servers, desktops, and laptops can be managed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 without requiring any additional software.

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