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Jeff Wettlaufer Sr. Technical Product Marketing Manager
Jeff Wettlaufer serves as a Sr. Technical Product Marketing Manager for Windows Embedded’s Marketing Team. In his 10 years at Microsoft, Jeff has specialized in technical consulting, sales and product marketing, event coordination and community management.
Jeff is recognized as a notable speaker for event scores and session attendance, and has delivered Technical Keynote Demonstrations to global audiences and been featured in the Microsoft TechEd and Microsoft Management Summit series of ITPro events. Jeff is also a regular participant in the Microsoft Partner Community, collaborating with SI and ISV partners to highlight their capabilities.
Outside of work, Jeff enjoys playing hockey (he grew up in Canada) cycling, skiing and golfing. He played basketball at Lock Haven University and University of Western Ontario, and rowed on Western Ontario’s crew team. Jeff continued his rowing for Vesta RC in the United Kingdom where he lived for seven years and originally joined Microsoft.
Jeff shares his love of sports, fitness, travel and cooking with his wife Daphne, a fellow Microsoftie, and their two children, Gavin and Imogen.
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.
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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.
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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.
Hey everyone, if you have been following industry platform news over the past few weeks, you might have seen the news about Windows Server 2012 being released. This is a significant release for us here at Microsoft, and as many of you who read this blog know, there is also a version of Windows Server 2012 for embedded systems. My name is Jeff Wettlaufer, and I am excited to bring my blogging efforts over from the System Center group, joining the Windows Embedded Marketing team. I have recently returned to Microsoft from a year at RES Software, and in my new role with WEM as a Technical Program Manager I am primarily responsible for the technical product management of Windows Embedded Compact, but also Windows Server for Embedded Systems, SQL embedded, Windows Embedded Device Management and of course Windows Embedded demonstrations. You can expect to hear from me on these areas and more in the coming months as I get unpacked and settled into this amazing team.
We thought it might be worth a post to let you know a little more about what the server platform means to the Windows Embedded business, and provide you some highlights of the (huge) list of new capabilities. So, here goes……..
Many of us think of servers locked up in datacenters in the corporate world, or more recently in large deployments - servicing cloud offerings like Outlook.com, XBOX Live, Office 365, Dynamics and even Windows Azure. While all of these are true, and great examples of Windows Server 2012 deployments, from an embedded perspective, we have other applications. I want to provide you an overview of Windows Server 2012 for embedded systems using 3 simple buckets:
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Hello from //Build/! This week, the Windows Embedded team is in San Francisco with several thousand developers to talk about the Windows platform – this includes showcasing the opportunity to build rich, connected, immersive app experiences on industry-specific hardware using the latest Microsoft tools and technologies. We wanted to showcase for you some of the highlights that focus on Windows Embedded solutions, and dive into one of the demonstrations that was highlighted in Steve Guggenheimer’s keynote address: the Avis demonstration.
With its strategic focus on mobility, Avis believes their staff needs to be as mobile and connected as their customers. Many of you today are already using the Windows Phone 8 app provided from Avis to reserve, upgrade and manage your rental experience. It’s an awesome app, and I use it all the time. But that’s just the beginning…
On the stage Guggenheimer showcased an HP Elitepad 900 tablet, running Windows Embedded 8 Industry and the Avis ‘Select and Go’ app. This tablet was also using the recently announced HP Retail Jacket, which includes a mag stripe reader and bar code scanner. While not currently a device in use by Avis, its Atom processor, SSD, Gorilla glass, great battery life and support for industry-specific peripherals enable this device to be well-suited for a roaming retail employee.
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Hi everyone, it has been an incredibly exciting few weeks around the Redmond campus. The launch of Windows 8, the release of Surface (I’m writing this blog on my own Surface with Windows RT) and the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit, shows we have been having a lot of fun. Recently we also hosted the Build conference here on Campus, where several thousand of our favorite developers descended to talk about apps in one of the largest temporary facilities I have ever seen stood up. And today Windows Embedded shared news of its product timeline. There is no question this is an exciting time in the industry.
With the ‘wave’ of Windows 8 launch happening, we wanted to highlight some areas where Intelligent Systems drive new and compelling scenarios using Windows Embedded 8. At the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit we showcased several vertically aligned scenarios about how Windows Embedded plays a critical role from the sensor, through embedded devices, to the cloud.