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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
Hi everyone. Last week, we achieved a major milestone within the Windows teams: the RTM of Windows 8.1 for both Windows and Windows Embedded platforms. In this post, I would like to share with you some technical highlights with the new release of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, and talk about some of the key elements that are new from a technical perspective.
It is important to first note a big change for Windows Embedded: In the past, the Embedded versions of Windows, right up to the 8 wave, were released a short period of time after the RTM of Windows Client. With the release of 8.1, Windows Embedded is aligned at an engineering level that not only effects timing of release, but the code base. Windows Embedded 8.1 is now built fully on Windows Client with Embedded features added (think of Embedded as a superset of capabilities over Client), and also on the same dates.
This alignment spans several levels of the stack. The hardware and OS stack are much more closely aligned than ever before, bringing better consistency for drivers and chipsets. Above the OS stack, we have integration with other infrastructure, such as identity (think AD) and development, deployment and management tools (Visual Studio x, System Center, Windows ADK and more) and at an app layer (with some API support for modern apps and industry specific peripherals). Finally, this alignment is more cloud-enabled than ever before, supporting smart, connected scenarios and services for edge devices.
Comments Product Updates
With the release of Windows Embedded 8.1 and our alignment to the Windows code base, a significant amount of new capability and tools are now available. In a recent blog, we talked about management for Windows Embedded; in this post, we’ll focus on deployment.
In the past, deployment for Windows Embedded products was, well, different. There were different tools, processes and procedures for standing up a master image of Windows Embedded. With 8.1, organizations can now use tools like the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
Comments Windows Embedded Standard
In this post, I would like to talk about the advancements we have made with our relationship with Microsoft System Center to manage Windows Embedded devices. As organizations today are looking to integrate intelligent connected devices into their existing distributed infrastructure (AD, Server, System Center), it has become more important than ever to ensure those devices are secure and well managed.
There are some classic challenges with managing embedded devices. I’ll highlight some of those general issues for you first, and then discuss how System Center has addressed these through Service Pack and R2.
With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1, a new capability called Assigned Access has been introduced. This post will compare Assigned Access with the existing (and improved for 8.1) embedded lockdown features.
Assigned Access is a new feature offered in Windows 8.1 RT, Pro and Enterprise, and provides a way to enable a single Windows Store application experience on the device. Administrators can easily lock down a device through the PC settings by choosing a user profile and assigning a modern app to that profile.
When this is selected, the selected user account and app will be launched from boot (once authenticated). Assigned Access uses a pre-defined set of filters to block keyboard gestures, hardware buttons and system toast notifications to prohibit access to other apps or system settings. These cannot be changed, and the capability is restricted to one user and one modern (Windows 8 style) app.
Posted By Kevin DallasGeneral Manager
There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the retail industry the last few years—much of it at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers whose chief competitors play by a slightly different set of rules and business requirements. Together with some of our device partners and retail customers, we’re designing solutions to help the brick-and-mortar retailer regain its competitive edge. Technical Program Manager Jeff Wettlaufer helped design a solution with Motorola and The Home Depot, and it’s on display in New York this week at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO. Jeff is here today to provide some insight on how the solution can transform the shopping experience.
Hi everyone, we are here in New York to attend the 102nd NRF convention. Can you imagine what some of those first few events 90 to 100 years ago must have been like compared to today?
This is my first NRF, and while not my first “event rodeo” this one is different from those TechEds and Microsoft Management Summits. This event is massive, with more than 35,000 attendees — all suited and booted leaders from the industry here to check out the latest advancements in retail. It’s going to be interesting, as major stakeholders are in attendance. The run-up to the event has been amazing. For the past 10 months, our Microsoft team has been driving some very cool things that we get to announce today. We thought a quick blog post about what we are showing would be interesting to you.