January, 2013

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Enabling productivity
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Internet of Things



  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent Systems Defining New Retail Experiences

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the retail industry the last few years—much of it at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers whose chief competitors play by a slightly different set of rules and business requirements. Together with some of our device partners and retail customers, we’re designing solutions to help the brick-and-mortar retailer regain its competitive edge. Technical Program Manager Jeff Wettlaufer helped design a solution with Motorola and The Home Depot, and it’s on display in New York this week at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO. Jeff is here today to provide some insight on how the solution can transform the shopping experience.   

    Hi everyone, we are here in New York to attend the 102nd NRF convention. Can you imagine what some of those first few events 90 to 100 years ago must have been like compared to today?

    This is my first NRF, and while not my first “event rodeo” this one is different from those TechEds and Microsoft Management Summits. This event is massive, with more than 35,000 attendees — all suited and booted leaders from the industry here to check out the latest advancements in retail. It’s going to be interesting, as major stakeholders are in attendance. The run-up to the event has been amazing. For the past 10 months, our Microsoft team has been driving some very cool things that we get to announce today. We thought a quick blog post about what we are showing would be interesting to you.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    A Prediction for the Future of Retail Technology: The Rise of Vending Machines

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    Congratulations to my fellow ninja followers. If you’re reading this, that means you made it out of the holidays and 2012. Happy New Year!

    All joking aside, happy 2013 to all of you readers that have come to enjoy the peek behind the curtain that the Embedded Ninja brings. The start of a new year for me wouldn’t be quite the same without two specific things: NRF’s Big Show (the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO) and a technology prediction for the year to come. The Big Show, as some of you probably know, is the largest retail-focused trade show, put on every January in New York City. The books are all closed on the retail business for 2012, all the holiday decorations are down, and it’s time to start figuring out how to do it all over again. I use the show as an opportunity to analyze technology and make predictions for the year. Regarding my prediction for 2013, put on your Wayfarers for a moment (indeed, they’ve made a comeback), jump in the Wayback Machine with me and let’s talk retail technology for a few moments – specifically vending.

    Now, I imagine I just got an “Ugh, really? Vending?” response from all of you readers. But go with me on this. Vending has a tremendous history throughout the world during the 19th and 20th centuries. And it is still shockingly paramount in the retail-tech world, where I predict it will only continue to grow.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent Vending: Smarter Than You Think

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    In speaking to customers, one of the device categories that continually raises some of the most interesting progressive conversation is kiosks. Many of us, when asked, could probably do a great job describing the qualities of a kiosk solution. More importantly, however, is how many of those qualities could also be said to be true for digital signage, interactive POS devices, and vending machines. One of our ninjas, Eric Kamont, speaks to a very interesting scenario for vending machines and their progression beyond your father’s “insert-quarters-and-press-D5” vending machine. Enjoy!





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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    SYNC with MyFord Touch Update Available from a Browser Near You

    Posted By Chris Elliot
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Software updates are a common occurrence these days. Whether it’s your mobile phone, laptop or Xbox 360—we’ve become used to our technology updating without worry. These updates enhance our experience by improving quality or providing new features. Well, now you can add the car to the list of technologies that get software updates.

    Select Ford owners, who have SYNC with MyFord Touch, can now update their system just by going to Simply download the update to a thumb-drive, plug it into your Ford’s USB port, and presto—your MyFord Touch system updates. You can also take your vehicle to your local Ford dealer if you choose that route.

  • Windows Embedded Blog

    January 2013 Security Updates Are on ECE for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The January 2013 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.

    The list below applies to Standard 2009 only:

    • KB2736428 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742595 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    The list below applies to XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2736416 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742596 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2756918 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2757638 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2753842 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege


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