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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

    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

    Windows Embedded Compact 2013: a developer’s perspective

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Technical Program Manager, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded

    What is Windows Embedded Compact 2013? It is just the latest, and of course greatest, version of Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Compact componentized OS, formerly known as Windows CE. Did you know that Microsoft has been in the embedded space with this operating system for over 15 years?  In that time, this little OS has evolved from one target category--small handheld devices--to a general-purpose embedded system that powers everything from tiny controls, to retail POS terminals, to the automation of high-end manufacturing. Windows Embedded Compact continues to differentiate itself within Microsoft, and within the larger ecosystem, as an operating system targeting small-footprint devices that need real-time performance and silicon flexibility.

    Windows Embedded Compact technology powers everything from tiny sensors to entire industrial automation factories like this Kuka Systems Group Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    What is lockdown and branding in Windows Embedded Standard 8, and where are my EEFs?

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    Over the next week we’re going to have a small series highlighting various Lockdown features on Windows Embedded Standard 8. In this first post Kevin Asgari gives us an overview of the Lockdown and Branding features found in Windows Embedded Standard 8. Kevin is a Writer for the Windows Embedded team and in his spare time enjoys reading, skiing, visiting wineries, and spending time with family.

    Windows Embedded Standard provides a building block version of the Windows operating system, enabling you to create a smaller, customized version of Windows by removing functionality that your device does not need. In addition, Windows Embedded Standard provides additional functionality for embedded devices that is not available in the full Windows OS. In Windows Embedded Standard 7 and earlier, we called these new features “embedded enabling features”, or EEFs for short.

    However, “embedded enabling features” is not a very descriptive term. In Windows Embedded Standard 8, we now call these features lockdown and branding features.

    Lockdown features enable you to provide a controlled device experience, mainly by limiting the ways in which an end user can interact with the device. For example, your device may be a dedicated cashier device that runs a full screen cashier application, and you may want to prevent users from being able to use Windows shortcut keys like Alt+Tab to switch out of the application, or Alt+4 to close the application.

    Branding features enable you to hide or change many of the parts of the OS that identify it as a Windows product. You may want the devices your company produces to show only your company’s branding to your customers for better brand recognition, or you may want to hide the underlying OS so that end users are less likely to try to break out of the tailored device experience.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded Compact v.Next uncovered

    Posted By David Campbell
    Program Manager

    Woo hoo, it’s finally time to share more information about the upcoming release! First, the release now officially has a name: Windows Embedded Compact 2013. (I know that folks probably have questions around why we chose this name. We thoroughly considered a long list of potential names, including Windows CE again, and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 really did receive the best response.)

    I’ll be doing a number of posts about the various key features and changes in Windows Embedded Compact 2013 over the next few posts, but I want to start with arguably the most interesting of the new features: the investments made for Visual Studio 2012 support, both ISV/app development via Visual Studio directly; and the OEM/device development experience with Platform Builder, now hosted in Visual Studio 2012!

    With all development now in Visual Studio 2012, there is no longer a need for multiple versions of Visual Studio to support Compact development alongside other Windows platforms. Plus, you’ll get many of the new features and productivity improvements available in Visual Studio 2012 when developing for Compact! We now have the same C++ toolset and standards supported everywhere. (And of course Visual Studio 2012 includes the new features from Visual Studio 2010, which were not previously to Compact developers.)

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