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Posted By Cuong PhamWindows Embedded product manager
At Windows Embedded, we’re excited to be part of Microsoft’s announcement today: the general availability of Windows 8.1. This latest chapter in the Windows evolution takes Microsoft, our partners and customers, and consumers to new heights across a world of devices. It’s the realization of value driven by increased productivity and ultra-connectivity that extends from our personal lives to our workplaces, from the cities we live in to global business and beyond.
With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, Microsoft achieves a tremendous milestone: The simultaneous availability of the latest Windows technologies across a wide array of hardware for consumers and for businesses, from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s, to the productive experience expected from laptops and all-in-ones, to ATMs, POS terminals, sonograms and other specialized industry devices.
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Posted By Karen RobertsSenior Partner Marketing Manager
At July’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, the Windows Embedded team was excited to announce our plans to transition program administration of the Windows Embedded Partner Program ecosystem into the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Integrating with MPN enables us to offer our partners more program options, and greater partner benefits. Among these program options, we highlighted the launch of an all-new Intelligent Systems Specialization, designed for partners with an end-to-end intelligent-systems solution offering and business practice. This month, we are excited to announce new developments that will deliver more value than ever before to our intelligent systems partners: in January 2014, MPN will launch an all new Intelligent Systems Competency in place of the previously planned specialization.
Leading up to and since the announcement the market has continued to see rapid growth as partners have picked up on the enormous business opportunity surrounding intelligent systems solutions. A 2013 IDC report estimates that by 2017, intelligent systems will represent over 87 percent of worldwide embedded systems revenue, which represents a market of more than $2.7 trillion.
Microsoft is committed to encouraging innovation and commitment among our intelligent systems partners, and want to provide them the highest possible level of support and resources they need to help them grow their business. Within the Microsoft Partner Network, the competency program—comprised of 23 unique competencies based on key Microsoft solution areas—offers the highest level of value to partners. A recent IDC study estimates that a Microsoft competency program provides partners with total benefits valued at more than $320,000.
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Posted By Jeff WettlauferSr. Technical Product Marketing Manager
With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1, a new capability called Assigned Access has been introduced. This post will compare Assigned Access with the existing (and improved for 8.1) embedded lockdown features.
Assigned Access is a new feature offered in Windows 8.1 RT, Pro and Enterprise, and provides a way to enable a single Windows Store application experience on the device. Administrators can easily lock down a device through the PC settings by choosing a user profile and assigning a modern app to that profile.
When this is selected, the selected user account and app will be launched from boot (once authenticated). Assigned Access uses a pre-defined set of filters to block keyboard gestures, hardware buttons and system toast notifications to prohibit access to other apps or system settings. These cannot be changed, and the capability is restricted to one user and one modern (Windows 8 style) app.
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Posted By Kristin FlandreauWindows Embedded, Americas Business Group Lead
In my role working with Windows Embedded partners, I often get a front-row seat at the debut of some innovative intelligent-system solutions. This week, P97 Networks is launching a cool new cloud-based mobile commerce platform and site controller software at the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACs) show in Atlanta, Georgia. Their intelligent system, called PetroZone, is built on Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Windows Embedded technologies, and integrates with third-party point-of-sale, electronic payment and fuel control servers.
Posted By Cuong PhamProduct Manager, Windows Embedded
We’ve been working hard in the past few months to deliver the Windows Embedded 8.1 update to our customers and partners. In June, we made available the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview and followed with the RTM in August. Our updated 8.1 platforms will be generally available on Oct. 17, simultaneously with the Windows 8.1 release.
Here’s a brief overview of the update strategy for Windows Embedded 8 with Windows Embedded 8.1: