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Posted By Windows Embedded Team
The Windows Embedded team has descended upon Houston this week – along with tens of thousands of Microsoft partners from more than 150 countries -- at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference. It’s a chance for us to offer resources, training and inspiration to our partners – and to spread the word about the many benefits of the operational intelligence our technology enables.
Want to develop a device strategy for your industry solution? Learn about emerging opportunities in the retail and healthcare sectors? We’ll be offering multiple breakout sessions to give partners deep information and resources. Find out much more on the WPC’s blog, and learn more about intelligent systems on the Windows Embedded website.
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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
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.
Posted By Jeff WettlauferSr. Technical Product Marketing Manager
With Microsoft Build Developer’s Conference (//Build/) running at full speed, we wanted to share some information about a compelling demo solution shown on the show floor featuring Kinect for Windows and Windows Embedded 8 Industry in an engaging in-store experience developed for the Amana brand.
The demo uses Kinect for Windows to track when a user physically interacts with the appliance, and to provide them with valuable information on the specific appliance they are touching. The concept is to enable a new, simple way for customers to interact and engage with home appliances on the sales floor, bringing features and benefits of each appliance to virtual life and driving purchasing decisions via simple gestures.
The Amana solution showcases the opportunity for developers to build rich app experiences on industry-specific hardware using the latest Microsoft tools and technologies. Specifically, it illustrates how developers can design not only beautiful Kinect for Windows-enabled experiences, but also targeted experiences unique to the retail setting with the Windows Embedded platform.
About the solution
From a hardware standpoint, the Amana demo is a complete 8' vignette that encompasses an Amana refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave mounted in a cabinet with Kinect for Windows sensors positioned to capture customer and product interaction. One sensor is directed to where the customer interacts with appliances via a digital catalog projected on a large display; the other is pointed at the point of product interaction.
When a customer walks up to the experience, the application knows they are there and greets them with a friendly, eye-catching introductory screen. From there, the customer can navigate through the Amana catalog simply by gesturing and learn about a variety of features, such as appliance energy efficiency, easy-to-use options and more ways to save water, energy and money. All of this functionality is powered by Windows Embedded.
Posted By Jeff WettlauferTechnical Program Manager
Today at the Microsoft Build Developer’s Conference (//Build/) the Windows Embedded team reached the next milestone in our product roadmap by building on Windows Embedded 8 – the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview. This is a significant platform update to the Windows Embedded portfolio, furthering our engineering alignment and release schedule with Windows. We can’t wait for you to try it out.
As many of you know, //Build/ is all about developing Windows solutions using the latest tools and platforms. The Windows Embedded team has had an amazing year, shipping Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Embedded 8 Industry and Windows Embedded 8 Pro, as well as Windows Embedded Compact 2013. With the Windows Embedded 8 wave of releases, our portfolio extended alignment with the Microsoft tools you’re using today to develop apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 – platforms like Visual Studio, tools like XAML and Expression Blend, and frameworks like .NET that support rich, immersive, cloud-connected app experiences. When combined with a range of beautiful hardware, Windows solutions are better than they have ever been.
Posted By Simon FrancisSolutions Specialist
I was speaking recently with employees of a large UK food retailer, and was really impressed with the way they were looking at using even the simplest store device to help build their relationship with their customers and provide valuable insight.
The more I speak with retailers, the more I hear them speak about improving this relationship, and what better way than providing a simple method of allowing customers to provide their opinions so that organizations can tailor the experience accordingly? Once this customer research is fed back into a central repository, they have the opportunity to survey customers across the country.
One retailer’s solution was based around one of the lowliest and often overlooked devices–however, we all use them on multiple occasions throughout the day–the credit-card reader; in this case, the chip-and-pin devices that are widespread throughout the UK and continental Europe. At the end of the payment transaction, the stores have coded a simple yes/no question. It started with a simple “Did you enjoy your shopping experience today?” but has now expanded to ask customers questions that help the organization to craft their store service.