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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Embedded Agility – A Transformation Story

    Posted By Phillip Cave
    Software 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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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    September 2013 Feature Updates are Available on MyOEM for WES7 SP1

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    The September 2013 optional feature updates are now available on MyOEM for:

    • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (WS7E)
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (WS7P)
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (WS7E) (China Only)
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (WS7P) (China Only)

    This update contains the following applications and out-of-band application templates:

    • Serviceability update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1.
    • Silverlight 5.1.20513.0 for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1.
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 September 2013 Help Content Update.

    If you have questions on accessing MyOEM, please email the OEM Customer Communications Care Team at


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    April 2014 Supplementary Update is on MyOEM for POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded for Point of Service

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    The April 2014 Supplementary Update is now available on MyOEM for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, Windows Embedded for Point of Service Supplement Update.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 is Intelligent Systems Ready

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    A couple of weeks ago, at the Intelligent Systems Leadership Summit, I had a chance to catch David Wurster’s presentation on new features and functionality in the Windows Embedded 8 platform. As senior product marketing manager for Embedded, David has a great vantage point to see all of the cool things going on with Windows Embedded 8 as the new suite of products are rolled out over the next year. The following is a blog post he put together for me, so we could share those features in this space.

    Over the next year, we're bringing Windows 8 to the embedded market, allowing OEMs, enterprises, developers and other partners to build devices and applications that offer a high-performance, fast, fluid experience without sacrificing any of the security and flexibility that the reimagined Windows delivers:

    • Windows Embedded 8 Standard continues to be our modular, componentized version of Windows 8. We add technologies on top of that to enable industry-specific scenarios. A release preview is available now, with general availability scheduled for March.
    • Windows Embedded 8 Pro is the full version of Windows we'll be bringing through the embedded channel. This will also be available in the March timeframe.
    • Windows Embedded 8 Industry is the new name for our Windows Embedded POSReady product. The reason for the change is that we see the capabilities of this operating system fitting into a much larger number of device categories than just point-of-service. In January, we’ll be offering our first community technology preview of this important release.

    We’ve done a lot of work to make sure Windows Embedded 8 is ready for the world of intelligent systems. In the end, it’s all about being able to deliver the kind of rich, compelling, connected line-of-business experiences that people expect.

    Much of the excitement around the new platform centers on its multi touch and ten-point touch experiences and the capabilities they enable for the device world. Check out the demo video below for a look at how smooth Windows Embedded 8-based applications can be:


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Now available for Direct OEMs: Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

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

    Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2) is now available for all of our Embedded Direct OEMs to license with all 19 languages available for electronic download.

    OEMs license the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems to build and ship server appliances that provide improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry-class server appliances used in a number of industrial devices, such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores, historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent system architectures. Please read the previous blogs to get more information on some of the advantages the new product offers in terms of high availability, recovery and storage management features, and talk to your Microsoft sales representative for more details.

    Haven’t had an opportunity to evaluate the product? The release preview for Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems is still available to evaluate the fully cloud-ready operating system. Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems will be generally available on November 1; you can learn more here.


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