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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 Industry: A Modern OS for Industry Devices

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    On the heels of our recent release of the Windows Embedded 8 platform, we’re making another member of the Windows Embedded family available today — Windows Embedded 8 Industry. David Wurster, Microsoft Windows Embedded’s senior product manager, has details on how Windows Embedded has evolved beyond point-of-service (POS) systems in retail to do much more in the Windows 8 era.

    A couple of weeks ago, we announced the availability of Windows Embedded 8 Pro and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, bringing a modern OS with tons of capabilities to edge devices within intelligent systems.

    Building on that announcement, today we’re making available Windows Embedded 8 Industry. The name reflects a broad scope of possibilities to further expand the Windows Embedded 8 family across a range of industries and targeted intelligent system scenarios.


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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

    New Micros tablet built on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry puts real power on the sales floor

    Posted By Olivia Chen
    Senior Product Marketing Manager

    At the National Retail Federation Big Show 2014 in New York, Microsoft is demonstrating a food service point of service (POS) solution based on Windows Embedded that lets businesses use affordable off-the-shelf hardware to simplify customer service and business operations. The solution, a collaborative effort with MICROS, Intel and Dell, offers ease of use through an attractive interface, along with quick deployment and the flexibility to scale from small, independent restaurants up to national chains.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Remote Desktop Connection 8 Client Update for WES7 and POSReady7 Available on ECE

    Remote Desktop Connection 8 Client update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is now available on ECE.

    This update enables users using Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7  devices to connect to computers running Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, and experience the rich user experience delivered by RemoteFX and RDP 8.0.

    For more information on the RDP 8.0 update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, please visit the Remote Desktop Services blog.



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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The Meaning of RC

    As has been announced previously on this blog, the Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows Embedded Standard 7 is now available.  You can download this RC from Microsoft Connect (  I would encourage you to download the RC build, create and deploy some OS images, and let us know what you think.  

    For both the products that I am currently working on and the products I am excited to begin using, the different builds mean different things to me:

    • CTP (Community Technology Preview) builds are interesting to look at as they give an advanced look at the bleeding edge of new product development and give me the chance to provide feedback at an early stage.
    • When I see the 2nd or 3rd CTP build come out (some products will use the term “Beta” for this), this is great opportunity to begin using a product in the same way you will use it once it is released.  However, I know there is still work to be done and changes to be made.
    • RC builds are "Really Cool". They tell me that this product is almost done and the date it will be made available will probably be "Really Close."  For both the products I am currently working on and ones I am excited to begin using, this is an exciting time.


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