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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 Handheld joins the Windows Embedded 8 family

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    This week in New York, we’re rolling out the newest member of our Windows Embedded family, and it’s a complete re-imagining of what an enterprise mobile device should be. D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager for Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, has details.

    At the end of 2011, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, shared with our customers and partners that the next generation of Windows Embedded Handheld would be based on Windows 8 technology. This past October, we provided more details when we published our updated Windows Embedded road map, noting that the new platform is built on Windows Phone 8 and would be called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, and we promised that more details would be available in January.

    Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO, our team is taking the covers off of Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, introducing our device hardware partners, and showcasing the next generation of mobile line-of-business application experiences with one of our launch customers, showing how Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices help them deliver on the promise of intelligent systems.

    Microsoft and mobile devices for industry have a long and successful history together. Starting with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Microsoft mobile platforms today power mobile devices in all industries, helping businesses and governments deliver secure mobile productivity in stores, warehouses, delivery fleets, ports, hospitals, and airplanes. Devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners ensure customers have durable, secure, and reliable connectivity to enterprise systems, allowing them focus on their business, whether inside their showrooms, on the road, at the jobsite or at their customers.


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    The Internet of Things is Here

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    I just returned from a holiday (or vacation, if you’re an American) and noticed that my old English friend, Oxford Dictionary, is catching up to the times. No, I’m not talking about the addition of the “emoji,” but rather their recognition of the “Internet of Things” or IoT.

    Here at Microsoft, we’ve been talking about IoT for a while. Just over two years ago we introduced intelligent systems, which is really how enterprises take advantage of the Internet of Things. When “smart” things are connected to data analysis, the resulting intelligence can redefine the ways in which we do business. Company executives are already bringing intelligent systems, powered by Microsoft, into healthcare facilities, onto the factory floor and even on to the streets of Paris.

    More recently, we made Windows Embedded Compact 2013 generally available, started releasing Windows Embedded 8.1 to hardware partners and expanded the resources available to our partners by integrating the Windows Embedded Partner Program with the Microsoft Partner Network.

    So, while we’re gratified to see formal recognition of the Internet of Things, I have to take issue with one part of the dictionary’s definition: the use of the word “proposed” as in, The Internet of Things is a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.”


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry brings Windows 8.1 innovations to industry devices

    Posted By Cuong Pham
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded

    Microsoft announced this week that Windows 8.1 will become generally available on October 18. At Windows Embedded, we’re excited to be a part of that announcement, as we continue to extend the power of Windows to industry devices. Building on the aligned release schedule first announced in June during the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview, on October 18 we will also deliver updates to Windows Embedded 8 to our embedded OEMs.

    Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry brings the latest Windows 8.1 innovations to industry devices:

    • Enhanced security through improvements in malware resistance, out-of-the box device encryption and biometrics;
    • Deeper lockdown control with customizable scenarios, configuration and new ability to lockdown USB peripheral and hardware button;
    • Expanded peripheral capabilities enabling support for magnetic stripe readers and barcode scanners in Windows 8.1 apps;
    • Better manageability through enhanced enterprise connectivity and integration, new management scenarios with System Center, and updated Remote Desktop Protocol;
    • Updated user experience including user interface improvements, updated charms, improved multi-monitor support and Internet Explorer 11;
    • Improved connectivity and mobility with roaming enhancements, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and near-field communication printer support.

    To preview the capabilities and innovations in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry and Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro, download the public preview and evaluate how this modern platform will enable your next intelligent system-ready industry device.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Standard 8 Third Community Technology Preview Released

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    In June, we announced at Computex in Taiwan the release of the second Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Standard 8. Building on that momentum, we’re excited to say the third CTP is available today, and David Wurster, a product manager on the Windows Embedded team, is here to tell us more about how you can get a download and try it out.

    Today the Microsoft Windows Embedded team is excited to announce the availability of the third Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview (CTP).

    This release follows the Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 2 made available in June and delivers many quality improvements and several new capabilities – including:

    • Alignment with the Windows 8 RTM codebase.
    • New specialized device templates added to provide easy to use blueprints as a starting point for designing the OS for your specialized devices.
    • New features and enhancements around lockdown scenarios, including a special servicing mode for devices that use the Unified Write Filter, and a new ability to block and filter USB ports.
    • Support for even more languages, including Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
    • Many quality improvements, such as a restructured catalog, F1 help available in the Image Configuration Editor (ICE) toolkit, improved USB media creation, and modules to support common applications.

    The Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 3 marks another milestone on Windows Embedded Standard 8 roadmap, but your feedback is still needed to ensure that we’re delivering the best product that we possibly can. At Microsoft we are very excited about the possibilities Windows 8 technologies provide for intelligent systems and encourage our partners to download the CTP 3 today.


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    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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