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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Leading the way with intelligent systems: Microsoft Partner Network introduces a new Intelligent Systems Competency

    Posted By Karen Roberts
    Senior 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.[1]

    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[2] estimates that a Microsoft competency program provides partners with total benefits valued at more than $320,000.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    New Board Support Packages available for Windows Embedded Compact 2013

    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:

    1. CEPC or “Compact Embedded Personal Computer” allows for the creation of a Compact-based device on both real and virtual PC hardware. Find out more about this BSP here.
    2. G-Series from AMD is an x86 processor based platform from AMD, and I have an AMDY-7002 to play with, myself. To find out more about this BSP, you can find its particulars right beside the CEPC in MSDN here.
    3. OMAP 4470 from Texas Instruments works with a super-cool developer kit called the Blaze 2 Tablet and I am also lucky enough to have one in my possession that will not be given up without a fight! This BSP is also documented close by the other two here.

    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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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Compact 7 achieves important security certification

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Product 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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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Online Documentation Updates for July & August 2013

    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:

    • New developer guides:
      • Use the Sample Virtual Device (provided with Platform Builder) - Explains how to use a virtual device for Compact 2013 development.
      • Web Server - Explains how to use the Web Server to monitor, configure and remotely control a Compact 2013 device.
    • New sample applications and walkthroughs:
    • New Code Samples node
      • A new Code Samples node has been added to the Compact 2013 MSDN online documentation to highlight the sample applications that are shipped with Compact 2013 or posted on CodePlex.
    • Other updates:
      • The Tools table of contents was restructured.
      • Bug fixes and clarifications

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Creating a custom shell in Compact 2013

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Technical 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.

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