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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    What does the end of support of Windows XP mean for Windows Embedded?

    Posted By Dave Massy
    Senior Program Manager

    As many of you are probably already aware — and as my colleague Barb Edson explained in a blog post last April — Windows XP reaches End of Support on April 8, 2014, which is just a few weeks away. As a result, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. Please click here for more details.

    This is a significant event for Windows, and it also has implications for Windows Embedded products that are based on the Windows XP operating system.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    What’s new for Windows Embedded 8.1

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Sr. 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.

    Alignment

    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.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Troubleshooting Windows Embedded Standard boot problems

    **Updated 3/26/09 with preface

    [The following article is authored by one of the Windows Embedded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). Our MVPs have a heavy background in Embedded systems and are a great repository of information on Windows Embedded products. We’re providing this space on our team blog as a service to our readers by allowing MVPs to share some of their knowledge with the rest of the community.] 

    Windows Embedded Standard does not normally require too much troubleshooting, because the boot process is exactly the same as in XP Professional. But, according to Murphy’s Law, something will go wrong, no matter how the small the chance is. This post will try to give an overview of the most common reasons for failure and the ways to resolve them.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry now generally available

    Posted By Cuong Pham
    Windows Embedded product manager

    At Windows Embedded, we’re excited to be part of Microsoft’s announcement today: the general availability of Windows 8.1. This latest chapter in the Windows evolution takes Microsoft, our partners and customers, and consumers to new heights across a world of devices. It’s the realization of value driven by increased productivity and ultra-connectivity that extends from our personal lives to our workplaces, from the cities we live in to global business and beyond.

    With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, Microsoft achieves a tremendous milestone: The simultaneous availability of the latest Windows technologies across a wide array of hardware for consumers and for businesses, from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s, to the productive experience expected from laptops and all-in-ones, to ATMs, POS terminals, sonograms and other specialized industry devices.

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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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