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Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing, Cloud & Enterprise
Barb Edson is a general manager of the Cloud & Enterprise Marketing team at Microsoft, leading the Internet of Things (IoT) Industry team responsible for product and industry marketing targeting enterprise line-of-business (LOB) decision-makers with Microsoft's cloud-based business solutions for IoT.
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 the recently launched Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. Under her leadership, the team launched a range of new solutions and programs for enterprises and Microsoft’s ecosystem partners to capitalize on new business opportunities provided by IoT.
Barb has been with Microsoft since 2005. She originally joined the company as the senior director of product marketing where she was responsible for the launch of Microsoft Dynamics, one of the company’s major brands. She later became the chief of staff for the Microsoft Business Division where she was responsible for overseeing its global administration and operations.
Before joining Microsoft, Barb spent more than 15 years in a broad range of senior leadership positions in marketing and product strategy for companies such as PeopleSoft Inc. and Great Plains Software.
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At Microsoft, we’ve been talking about—and creating technologies around--the Internet of Things for years, but occasionally, we’re reminded how rapidly this market is evolving. My colleague Kevin Dallas recently commented about the mixed-bag news that the term “Internet of Things” is now listed in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The downside of this pop-culture milestone is that the OED still calls the technology “proposed.”
Barcelona is considered by many to be a world-class “smart city,” powered by Microsoft technologies. Read more on the CityNext website.
That would be news to the hundreds of enterprises across major industries already realizing value from the vast promise of the Internet of Things, by deploying intelligent devices as part of intelligent systems. Many businesses have been reaping the benefits for several years, and as these technologies continue to mature, the possibilities seem ever-more limitless; lately, exciting opportunities have been emerging in the burgeoning field of “smart cities.”
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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.
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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