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Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing
Barb Edson is the general manager of marketing for Microsoft’s commercial Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. Since joining the group in 2010, Barb has been responsible for product management, business development, marketing communications and enterprise sales across the breadth of Microsoft’s products for intelligent system solutions targeting IoT, including Windows Embedded’s comprehensive portfolio of industry device operating system platforms and the recently launched Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. Under her leadership, the team has launched a range of new solutions and programs to help enterprise line-of-business decision makers and Microsoft’s ecosystem partners capitalize on new business opportunities provided by IoT through the company’s cloud-first data platform.
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One of the most exciting parts of the job for us here at Windows Embedded is learning about innovative, real-world applications of our technology. These applications always drive business forward with incredible access to new operational intelligence; often, there’s a truly human side to the story, too, and that’s one reason we’re particularly interested in the Autolib’ car-sharing solution in and around Paris.
We recently profiled Autolib’s cutting-edge solution on the Windows Embedded News Center; today, I’m pleased to share with you a video of the Autolib’ system our team shot in Paris. It’s a vivid reminder of how Microsoft and Windows Embedded technology can have a positive impact on daily life — here, by relieving traffic congestion and pollution, and giving millions of Parisians a better way to get where they’re going. The Paris program is so successful that it’s expanding to the U.S.; it’s just been announced that the solution’s developer is planning to launch a similar Windows Embedded-based solution in Indianapolis, some time in late 2014.
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In March, we marked a major milestone for enterprises, OEMs and our entire ecosystem: the general availability of Windows Embedded 8. Today Microsoft took the second step as part of our commitment to help enterprises capitalize on Microsoft’s devices and services strategy by harnessing the power of Windows throughout intelligent systems. Now, enterprises can access specific versions of Windows Embedded 8 directly from Microsoft. The new volume licensing options for specific versions of Windows Embedded 8 offer enterprises the opportunity to upgrade their Windows Embedded software to Windows Embedded 8 Industry, seamlessly and affordably, without upgrading their devices. It also allows enterprises to unlock powerful enterprise features in their devices already running on Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt noticed: The Windows Embedded team blog has a new look. In fact, as of a few minutes ago, all of our digital properties—from this blog, to our website, Twitter, Flickr, SlideShare and YouTube channel—have been refreshed with an integrated look and feel, and copious new features, content and resources.
On this blog, you’ll see cleaner navigation and simplified access to information from the Windows Embedded team—as well as other contributors from Microsoft and our partner community. Expect to see a continued range of technical information on our products and commentary around the growing emergence of the “Internet of Things,” the opportunity presented by intelligent systems and “big data,” and other topics tied to the evolving embedded market.
Our new Windows Embedded website launched today, too, and it’s brimming with brand-new features—from dozens of new videos and rich content detail, to a deep dive into Microsoft’s vision for intelligent systems and the Internet of Things, links to many free white papers, reports and technical reference materials, a burgeoning Windows Embedded community and more.
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Businesses now have one year to migrate off of Windows XP; Microsoft will end support for the platform in April, 2014 including Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems. Windows Embedded product manager Cuong Pham explains the efficiency and security benefits of migrating to a modern Windows platform.
As my colleagues over at Windows are reminding companies today, Windows XP’s support will end in April 2014, and businesses are moving to modern platforms like Windows 7 and Windows 8.
From our perspective, that means that support is ending for Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems in 2014, too. (Windows XP Embedded will be supported through 2016; please see Microsoft Support Lifecycle for more information on support for other Windows Embedded platforms.) Businesses moving to modern platforms need industry devices such as thin clients, point of service (POS) devices, kiosks, digital signs, medical devices, automation devices and more, and expect them to be easy to deploy and manage based on familiarity, common tools, and integration with enterprise and IT assets. OEMs have the opportunity to build industry devices on Windows 7 and Windows 8 platforms using Windows Embedded 7 and Windows Embedded 8:
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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.