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Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for Embedded Systems to build server appliances —preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system — which make the configuration, deployment and management of industry devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industry devices, such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores and historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent systems architectures. In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about how the use of these server appliances adds tremendous value to enterprises in all of the major industries; in this blog, we will see how server appliances generate business intelligence when used in the retail industry as in-store servers.
To survive and thrive in an ultracompetitive business environment, retail companies need to create and deliver a differentiated customer experience, and maintain it consistently across all touch points. With so many aspects of the customer experience now enabled, driven and aided by technology, there are new opportunities for retail companies to effectively extend their brand across multiple remote locations. Retailers work towards building store systems that scalable, modular and purpose-built, and optimized to connect with their headquarters IT systems to be able to pull data in real time. And they look for cost-effective, high-performance solutions that generate reports that include actionable data to enable better business decisions, as well as better customer service.
Comments Intelligent Systems
Today marks yet another milestone in Microsoft’s march towards a new vision: The simultaneous release of the latest Windows technologies—Windows 8.1—across a wide array of hardware for consumers and for business. With this morning’s announcement of the general availability of Windows Server 2012 R2, the company delivers on its promise to empower enterprises to create datacenters without boundaries.
Here at Windows Embedded, we’re thrilled to be a part of this wave; Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems becomes generally available in just a few days, on Nov. 1. Binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2, our embedded platform enables the enterprise to tap into the vast and growing potential of data as a part of an intelligent system.
Posted By Cuong PhamWindows 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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Posted By Jeff WettlauferSr. Technical Product Marketing Manager
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.
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Posted By Cuong PhamProduct Manager, Windows Embedded
We’ve been working hard in the past few months to deliver the Windows Embedded 8.1 update to our customers and partners. In June, we made available the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview and followed with the RTM in August. Our updated 8.1 platforms will be generally available on Oct. 17, simultaneously with the Windows 8.1 release.
Here’s a brief overview of the update strategy for Windows Embedded 8 with Windows Embedded 8.1: