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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
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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Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2) is now available for all of our Embedded Direct OEMs to license with all 19 languages available for electronic download.
OEMs license the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems to build and ship server appliances that provide improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry-class server appliances used in a number of industrial devices, such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores, historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent system architectures. Please read the previous blogs to get more information on some of the advantages the new product offers in terms of high availability, recovery and storage management features, and talk to your Microsoft sales representative for more details.
Haven’t had an opportunity to evaluate the product? The release preview for Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems is still available to evaluate the fully cloud-ready operating system. Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems will be generally available on November 1; you can learn more here.
Posted By Cuong PhamProduct Manager, Windows Embedded
Getting time with Windows Embedded’s OEM engineering lead John Coyne can be a feat in itself, but Avnet’s Steve Gereb managed to lock him down for this interview published last week on their Intelligent System blog.
It’s worth a read for anyone looking to build devices and services with Windows Embedded 8.1. Coyne talks about some of the technical advantages of the new, modern OS, how to work within Windows 8.1 product activation procedures, and how the new world of Windows Embedded allows developers to light up a new solution in as little as 45 minutes. Check it out!
On his blog, Microsoft’s Chief Evangelist Steve Guggenheimer announced the company has made available RTM builds for Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 through TechNet and MSDN, with Windows 8.1 Enterprise to follow later this month. The Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate is also ready for download here.
As part of this move, today we are announcing that Windows Embedded 8.1 RTM and the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems RTM builds are now available to MSDN subscribers. You can find the available bits here, and begin testing and evaluating the new release immediately. Learn more about what Windows Embedded 8.1 brings to the table in my recent blog post. You can also learn more about Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems through the recent Server blogs.
Posted By Kevin DallasGeneral 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.”