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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    What does the end of support of Windows XP mean for Windows Embedded?

    Posted By Dave Massy
    Senior Program Manager

    As many of you are probably already aware — and as my colleague Barb Edson explained in a blog post last April — Windows XP reaches End of Support on April 8, 2014, which is just a few weeks away. As a result, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. Please click here for more details.

    This is a significant event for Windows, and it also has implications for Windows Embedded products that are based on the Windows XP operating system.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 Handheld joins the Windows Embedded 8 family

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    This week in New York, we’re rolling out the newest member of our Windows Embedded family, and it’s a complete re-imagining of what an enterprise mobile device should be. D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager for Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, has details.

    At the end of 2011, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, shared with our customers and partners that the next generation of Windows Embedded Handheld would be based on Windows 8 technology. This past October, we provided more details when we published our updated Windows Embedded road map, noting that the new platform is built on Windows Phone 8 and would be called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, and we promised that more details would be available in January.

    Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO, our team is taking the covers off of Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, introducing our device hardware partners, and showcasing the next generation of mobile line-of-business application experiences with one of our launch customers, showing how Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices help them deliver on the promise of intelligent systems.

    Microsoft and mobile devices for industry have a long and successful history together. Starting with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Microsoft mobile platforms today power mobile devices in all industries, helping businesses and governments deliver secure mobile productivity in stores, warehouses, delivery fleets, ports, hospitals, and airplanes. Devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners ensure customers have durable, secure, and reliable connectivity to enterprise systems, allowing them focus on their business, whether inside their showrooms, on the road, at the jobsite or at their customers.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The Internet of Things is Here

    Posted By Kevin Dallas
    General Manager

    I just returned from a holiday (or vacation, if you’re an American) and noticed that my old English friend, Oxford Dictionary, is catching up to the times. No, I’m not talking about the addition of the “emoji,” but rather their recognition of the “Internet of Things” or IoT.

    Here at Microsoft, we’ve been talking about IoT for a while. Just over two years ago we introduced intelligent systems, which is really how enterprises take advantage of the Internet of Things. When “smart” things are connected to data analysis, the resulting intelligence can redefine the ways in which we do business. Company executives are already bringing intelligent systems, powered by Microsoft, into healthcare facilities, onto the factory floor and even on to the streets of Paris.

    More recently, we made Windows Embedded Compact 2013 generally available, started releasing Windows Embedded 8.1 to hardware partners and expanded the resources available to our partners by integrating the Windows Embedded Partner Program with the Microsoft Partner Network.

    So, while we’re gratified to see formal recognition of the Internet of Things, I have to take issue with one part of the dictionary’s definition: the use of the word “proposed” as in, The Internet of Things is a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.”


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    What’s new for Windows Embedded 8.1

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Sr. Technical Product Marketing Manager

    Hi everyone. Last week, we achieved a major milestone within the Windows teams: the RTM of Windows 8.1 for both Windows and Windows Embedded platforms. In this post, I would like to share with you some technical highlights with the new release of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, and talk about some of the key elements that are new from a technical perspective.


    It is important to first note a big change for Windows Embedded: In the past, the Embedded versions of Windows, right up to the 8 wave, were released a short period of time after the RTM of Windows Client. With the release of 8.1, Windows Embedded is aligned at an engineering level that not only effects timing of release, but the code base. Windows Embedded 8.1 is now built fully on Windows Client with Embedded features added (think of Embedded as a superset of capabilities over Client), and also on the same dates. 

    This alignment spans several levels of the stack. The hardware and OS stack are much more closely aligned than ever before, bringing better consistency for drivers and chipsets. Above the OS stack, we have integration with other infrastructure, such as identity (think AD) and development, deployment and management tools (Visual Studio x, System Center, Windows ADK and more) and at an app layer (with some API support for modern apps and industry specific peripherals). Finally, this alignment is more cloud-enabled than ever before, supporting smart, connected scenarios and services for edge devices.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Creating a collaboration platform for better plant operations

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL products

    I’ve written before about how server appliances that are used in the industrial automation and manufacturing industries can improve productivity. Today, I have a real-life illustration of just how powerfully effective these systems can be.

    Let me explain this with a real-time scenario based on the 800xA system from ABB, a collaboration platform that provides great overview of a plant’s operation. This is achieved by enabling collaboration between enterprise systems, plant systems, desktop applications and plant equipment. The platform improves operations, engineering, control and maintenance, enabling enterprises to do real-time decision making and improve energy efficiency, asset utilization and operational effectiveness.


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