Posted By J.T. KimbellProgram Manager
It’s early June, which means that major announcements are coming out that have nerds everywhere excited. No, I’m not talking about E3. I’m talking about Computex! Today, we’re excited to announce the release of the second Community Technology Preview for Windows Embedded Standard 8. In this post David Wurster, a Product Manager on the Windows Embedded team, gives an overview of what to expect in CTP 2 and how to get your hands on it.
What an exciting week for Microsoft and the Windows Embedded team. Today, June 6, Steven Guggenheimer, corporate VP of our OEM Division, announced the availability of the second Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview (CTP) during his keynote at Computex. Windows Embedded Standard 8 is a flexible OS that provides the capabilities of Windows 8 plus additional features to support embedded device requirements around:
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Posted By Chris ElliottSenior Marketing Communications Manager
Walk around Computex and quickly you’ll see that all the usual tech players are there: Intel, Asus, Samsung and of course Microsoft, just to name a few. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that one well-known global brand is making its debut this year at the world’s second largest technology tradeshow. That brand: Ford Motor Company.
What in the Taiwan is Ford doing at Computex? The same thing it has done at other major technology shows such as CES and Mobile World Congress, proving to the world that the automobile is a consumer electronic device — it’s just a really big one. Oh, and it can go zero-to-100 kilometers-per-hour in less than 7 seconds.
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Posted By David CampbellProgram Manager
I’d like to welcome Doug Boling back as a guest blogger. Doug has another interesting topic this month, the customization of Windows Embedded Compact’s Internet Explorer for Embedded. As a quick introduction again, Doug has been working for many years with Windows Embedded Compact and Windows Embedded CE. He is an author, trainer and consultant specializing in Windows Embedded Compact and CE. Doug also does monthly webcasts on a variety of Windows Embedded Compact topics, like this one, that I would encourage you to check out. You can learn more about Doug by visiting his website at www.bolingconsulting.com.
Windows Embedded Compact has a customized version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer named Internet Explorer (IE) for Embedded. This powerful browser can be used in a number of ways in an embedded system to enhance the functionality of the system. This post will discuss the various ways to tune, customize and even embed IE for Embedded inside embedded applications.
IE for Embedded is a customized version of Internet Explorer 7 for the desktop with performance enhancements from IE 8 added as well. Specifically, the JScript engine brought from IE 8 provides a 400% performance improvement over the original IE 7 scripting engine. In addition gesture support along with zoom and pan support is in this browser.
Posted By John BoladianMarketing Director, Asia Pacific & Greater China
Hi I’m John Boladian, this is my first entry here on the Windows Embedded Blog, so it’s probably worth introducing myself. I’ve lived in Asia for 14 years now, 7 with Microsoft and 5 in Taipei, arguably one of the technology capitals of the world. Each year industry leaders from around the world come to Taipei to discuss new products and look at ways of growing their business. Computex has rapidly become the largest ICT show in the world, with embedded technologies taking more mindshare year upon year.
Computex 2012 has come to a close, and there were quite a few highlights from this year worth spending some time looking through a little more closely.
This is the first time a car manufacturer has used Computex as a way to introduce a new car – one that uses its technology as a competitive advantage. Ford Motor Company introduced its first ever car with Sync for Taiwan, powered by Microsoft technology. With in-car upgradeable software, never again will you buy a car that starts its techno-redundancy the minute it leaves the showroom floor. Instead, a short trip to the dealer or even an owner-upgradeable solution enables the car to stay up to date with new technologies and devices, such as Bluetooth standards and profiles or new handsets. Ford is positioning themselves as a technology company and partnering with Microsoft gives them a chance to do this.
Posted By Phillip CaveSoftware Development Engineer
[UPDATE from J.T. (7/30/12) - Phil has now become a blogger on the site and I've moved this post to his page]
In this post, we hear from Principal Program Manager Phillip Cave, who has spent years practicing Agile and acting as a consultant for those trying to transition to Agile. When Phil’s not moving folks toward Scrum, Kanban, or other Lean methodologies, he enjoys sharing stories at conferences such as Agile West. Phil has consulted at Microsoft and many other organizations large and small for the past 8 years. He has a passion for helping others see the pragmatic application of Lean thinking and recognizes that successful transformations are carried out by teams that see the opportunity and embrace change. When not following his passion to help teams, Phil enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with a variety of activity from rowing crew to hiking the back country.
This is just the first of a series of blog posts on Agile. For each of the headings below, Phil will spend some more time in the future fleshing them out and giving us more detail.
Company transformations take time and energy. People are asked to move from one location to another intellectually. Moving is not always easy for some. Some love to move, to explore, to try new things, the author of this blog entry falls into that camp; others not so much and still more others are ambivalent.
This is the (short) story of the transformation taking place in the Windows Embedded group within Microsoft. The journey began as all journeys do; someone spoke up about not being satisfied with the status quo in the delivery of product solutions. Our ability to respond to the changing market place and the changing landscape in technology towards devices makes us think of how we deliver business value quickly. People with experience in the transformation heard that voice and thus the transformation was born. A consultant with experience was hired and combined with the internal team members the transformation took root.
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