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Windows Embedded Compact is a componentized, real-time operating system used to create a wide range of small-footprint enterprise and consumer devices. Join the discussion about the unique benefits of the Compact OS, examples of Windows Embedded Compact currently in use, and developer tricks and tips.
Posted By Karen RobertsSenior Partner Marketing Manager
At July’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, the Windows Embedded team was excited to announce our plans to transition program administration of the Windows Embedded Partner Program ecosystem into the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Integrating with MPN enables us to offer our partners more program options, and greater partner benefits. Among these program options, we highlighted the launch of an all-new Intelligent Systems Specialization, designed for partners with an end-to-end intelligent-systems solution offering and business practice. This month, we are excited to announce new developments that will deliver more value than ever before to our intelligent systems partners: in January 2014, MPN will launch an all new Intelligent Systems Competency in place of the previously planned specialization.
Leading up to and since the announcement the market has continued to see rapid growth as partners have picked up on the enormous business opportunity surrounding intelligent systems solutions. A 2013 IDC report estimates that by 2017, intelligent systems will represent over 87 percent of worldwide embedded systems revenue, which represents a market of more than $2.7 trillion.
Microsoft is committed to encouraging innovation and commitment among our intelligent systems partners, and want to provide them the highest possible level of support and resources they need to help them grow their business. Within the Microsoft Partner Network, the competency program—comprised of 23 unique competencies based on key Microsoft solution areas—offers the highest level of value to partners. A recent IDC study estimates that a Microsoft competency program provides partners with total benefits valued at more than $320,000.
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Posted by Colin Murphy Product Marketing Manager, Windows Embedded
To BSP or not to BSP: That is the question! Okay, maybe not so much. You need a BSP, or Board Support Package, if you are going to make a small-footprint device, even a “virtual device” and, as such, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 hits the ground running with three BSPs in the box:
While these are great BSPs, Windows Embedded Compact relies on its partners to fill out the BSP landscape and enable even more hardware options.
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Posted By Colin MurphyProduct Marketing Manager, Windows Embedded
Wouldn’t you like robust security to protect your data communication from malicious intent? Well, of course you would, and most government and military organizations require Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 protection to secure highly sensitive data communications. FIPS is essentially a series of standards and mandates for U.S. government agencies and supporting contractors. In many cases, if your device or service is not FIPS compliant/certified, then the government agency can’t use it. This also applies to other business enterprises in financial, healthcare and manufacturing industries that also need FIPS 140-2 to safeguard their informational assets and comply with government regulations.
The good news for small-footprint devices based on Windows Embedded Compact 7 is that they are now FIPS 140-2 certified. Windows Embedded Compact 7 has achieved Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 1 certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Level 1 validation is the highest level of certification allowed for software-only products.
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Posted By Windows Embedded Team
The July and August 2013 updates for the Windows Embedded Compact 2013 online documentation are now live on MSDN and CodePlex.
These updates include the following highlights:
Posted By Colin MurphyTechnical Program Manager, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded
The shell you say! What is a shell, anyway? Typically a shell application manages the base user interface of the system including access to applications and files and the ability to configure the system. In the case of an embedded device, a typical multi-function desktop shell is overkill, taking up way too much space and requiring far more overhead than a purpose-driven embedded device wants or needs.
With that in mind, one of the most noticeable changes to Window Embedded Compact 2013 is the removal of the large and dated Windows 95-style shell. The Compact team was quite torn on this decision; on the one hand, it was an excellent developer tool-- easy to launch files, everyone knew how to use it--but when that same shell appears on your refrigerator, digital sign or vending machine, people were not as impressed by its versatility. Enter MinShell. This new Compact shell offers a much smaller feature set. It is basically an application launcher that can be customized to launch any application. For developers, it comes preset to launch “CMD.EXE,” a DOS command processor, so you can copy and launch applications as needed. But MinShell is designed, and begs to be, replaced.