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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Shop Smart and Efficiently at Innovation 2013

    Posted By Myriam Semery
    Windows Embedded BG Lead

    The not-to-miss event for technological innovation and design and marketing at the point of sale, Shop Innovation 2013, is taking place in Paris, Porte de Versailles on April 3 and 4. Windows Embedded will be there, as partners’ solutions are showcased onsite—solutions that take customer service to the next level, with interactive displays, heightened connectivity and ever-more personalized shopping experiences.

    Improveeze specializes in gesture and tactile solutions for touchscreens, tablets, interactive terminals and digital signs. The show will be an opportunity for Improveeze to introduce and showcase its latest solution, “Sonar,” which demonstrates the performance and effectiveness of commercial interactive screens in a store. This offering—which runs on Windows Embedded--includes strategic consulting and operational support, as well as supply and installation of “probes” (industry tablets and other types of shopping interactive displays) at the point of sale. The installation of interactive screens in the shop enables Sonar to collect data via the installed system. The main advantage of this offering is that it will allow retailers to test it before buying it. Indeed, a test version of the solution is proposed, for a limited period, which allows the retailer to assess the return on investment that can be generated by the interactive digital signage solutions. It also enables brick-and-mortar retailers to test the concept of shop-in-shop. Improveeze connects stores together, and provide points of sale with all the richness and power of e-commerce, to move stores into the era of cloud computing.

    InStore Solutions designs, manufactures, distributes and integrates customized digital signage and interactive kiosks solutions based on the Windows Embedded Standard 7 and POSReady 7 platforms. At the show, it will showcase its partnership with Compario, a specialist in customer-experience management in the e-commerce area. This partnership will enable companies to offer to their customers hosted management solutions for integrated retail experiences. With this intelligent system, retailers will be able to finalize a sale in-store, leveraging customer preferences and interest gathered from their online shopping experience. This customer data is displayed on a kiosk or a tablet and enables the shop staff to suggest targeted articles based on the customer’s specific shopping habits and preferences.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The Intern Perspective: Jordan Goldberg

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    Just four years ago I got the chance to spend a summer as a Microsoft intern, which was an absolutely fantastic experience. This summer we have quite a few interns getting a similar experience on Windows Embedded. Jordan Goldberg’s post is the first in a series of blogs from those interns to let you learn more about their experiences, their projects for Windows Embedded, and Microsoft’s culture. We hope you enjoy reading about their experiences!

    Hello World! My name is Jordan, and I am an intern here on the Windows Embedded team. Today I would like to share the experience I have had here at Microsoft and how I’ve been given the opportunity to make an impact with my work. To start, let me introduce myself. I grew up in the “Great White North” -- Canada, or more specifically, the town of Caledon which is slightly Northwest of Toronto. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Guelph and my interests range from playing guitar to practicing parkour to developing mobile and web solutions. This summer I have had the extreme pleasure of moving to the West Coast to complete an internship with Microsoft! For the past 8 weeks I have been working on developing a Windows Debugger Extension for the new Unified Write Filters feature in Embedded Standard 8; but I will delve more into this experience later.

    Experience at Microsoft

    Life here at Microsoft has been nothing short of remarkable. In the short time that I have been here Microsoft has announced the innovative Xbox Smart Glass platform, unveiled the highly anticipated Windows Phone 8 and revealed the ultra-secret Microsoft Surface; I can proudly say that I am working for one of the most exciting tech companies in the world! On top of this, the Redmond campus is absolutely breathtaking. Being surrounded by snowcapped mountains, green vegetation and sprawling forests makes the commute to work each day a treat. And with a population of over 40,000 Microsofties, the campus feels more like a city than a corporate headquarters!

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Now available: preview of new Windows Server 2012 R2

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

    The following is the first in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    Windows Embedded customers can now download a release preview of the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems(the binary identical to the Windows Server 2012 R2), which will be available later this year. The preview allows customers to get their hands on a fully cloud-ready operating system that provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for Embedded Systems to build server appliances — preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system — which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. One of the key benefits of the embedded channel is the availability of recovery image; the pre-packaged image makes recovery from system failures quicker, reducing downtime and thus meeting regulatory SLA requirements for high availability. These server appliances are 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.

    So what’s new coming from Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems? There are many features and functionalities that are enhanced over the Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems, such as improvements to virtualization, networking, storage, server management and automation. Today, we offer an overview of the new features that can be leveraged by our embedded customers.

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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 OEM@microsoft.com.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Is it time to grow up our device management ways?

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    Ninjas rarely let go of secrets of the universe. It’s universally looked down upon, much like the way a magician explains how he levitated himself or cut his girlfriend in half.

    But I’m going to let you in on a little secret – everyone has to grow up at some point. It’s true. Little kids turn into grown-ups. Baby ninjas (or binjas) grow up to be adult ninjas (though you’d never know since you never see them). Pups grow into full size shedding dogs. Even seedlings turn into the beans that are roasted for the cup of coffee that inspired this blog post. And before you ask, yes, indeed, The Embedded Ninja enjoys his own cup of coffee.

    Upon landing at one of the multiple airports I travel to in pursuit of my customer interactions, I spent the first sixty seconds upon reaching the terminal searching for a coffee stand. I placed an order and paid my way (on an embedded POS system incidentally), and ninja-ed my way over to the pick-up area. Glancing around the terminal, the first thing I saw blew my mind and I had to grab a snapshot. You can see the snapshot for yourself. Let’s break this down...

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