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Whenever I meet new people, I try to guess the part of the world that their ancestors came from. A combination of their appearance and their name leads me to a guess, and I must admit I’m pretty good at it, at least from a regional perspective. English vs. Irish vs. Scottish? Yes. Italian vs. Greek? Yes again. Chinese vs Japanese? Yes. Add in Korean and Vietnamese? Some of the time. Swedish vs. Danish? Never!
With all this guessing going on, you can be sure that I also wonder about my own roots. My maiden name, Carras, is Greek (spelled Karras in Greece, since there is no ‘c’ in the Greek alphabet). On both sides, my parent’s parents immigrated to America from Greece. But what happened 500 years ago or more? And what makes Greek people Greek? It was only a matter of time before I sent a saliva sample to a DNA analysis company to tap into the power of big data to find out more about my maternal lineage. And find out, I did.
Posted By Kevin DallasGeneral Manager
It’s been an incredibly productive autumn so far for us at Windows Embedded. The past few weeks have seen multiple major product and program announcements — the release of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, closely followed by its availability through volume licensing; Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems’ general availability; and some really exciting changes to our partner program. You can bet we’ve been quite focused.
But after weeks of concerted effort, it’s good to pause and take a realistic look at the true progress we’re making in the industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) is evolving at breakneck speed; what role are Microsoft and Windows Embedded playing in that evolution? As early pioneers in this technology, evidence traditionally shows that Microsoft is leading the charge — and we’re not waiting for others to catch up.
That’s why I read with great interest Gartner’s just-released “SWOT” analysis of Microsoft’s position in the IoT space...
Comments Intelligent Systems
Posted By Colin MurphyTechnical Product Manager
What a great question! Just getting started is one of the hardest steps in a device-development scenario because there are just too many questions to answer all at once. I like to break it down into more manageable steps. If you’re just starting out developing with Windows Embedded, here are some foundational steps you can go through for a small-footprint (Compact) device.
Comments Windows Embedded Compact
Posted By David WursterGroup Product Marketing Manager
Today, Microsoft takes another step as part of our commitment to helping enterprises harness the power of Windows 8.1 through intelligent systems. We first announced in July a new Volume Licensing program that allows enterprises to access specific versions of Windows Embedded 8 directly from Microsoft. Today, we extend that program to versions of Windows Embedded 8.1.
Comments Product Updates
Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
In my last blog, I covered how Windows Embedded Server-based server appliances are used in the retail industry as in-store servers to generate business intelligence; in this blog, we will see how server appliances are used in the manufacturing industry, specifically in industrial automation, in roles such as historian servers, and application controllers that can improve productivity, asset utilization and operational efficiencies.
With historian server appliances based on the Windows Embedded Server platform, industrial manufacturing plants can gain valuable information by connecting and analyzing historical and ongoing process data generated from the plant. Both archiving and plant-wide accessing in real-time enable rapid decision making based on assured data – producing greater productivity and lower costs, thanks to improved business intelligence. The meaningful consolidation and aggregation of data into valuable information can enable dynamic reporting, such as downtime reports, alarm summaries for maintenance purposes, consumption data and energy balances, and efficiency reports of the different production lines. Combined with Microsoft SQL Server, database management systems provide a reliable and protected database platform for historian server appliances.