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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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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent systems in retail: Even the credit-card reader cares!

    Posted By Simon Francis
    Solutions Specialist

    I was speaking recently with employees of a large UK food retailer, and was really impressed with the way they were looking at using even the simplest store device to help build their relationship with their customers and provide valuable insight.

    The more I speak with retailers, the more I hear them speak about improving this relationship, and what better way than providing a simple method of allowing customers to provide their opinions so that organizations can tailor the experience accordingly? Once this customer research is fed back into a central repository, they have the opportunity to survey customers across the country.

    One retailer’s solution was based around one of the lowliest and often overlooked devices–however, we all use them on multiple occasions throughout the day–the credit-card reader; in this case, the chip-and-pin devices that are widespread throughout the UK and continental Europe. At the end of the payment transaction, the stores have coded a simple yes/no question. It started with a simple “Did you enjoy your shopping experience today?” but has now expanded to ask customers questions that help the organization to craft their store service.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Hey Colin, I have this great idea for a small foot print device. What do I do next? A primer for new Windows Embedded Compact developers

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Technical Product Manager

    What a great question! Just getting started is one of the hardest steps in a device-development scenario because there are just too many questions to answer all at once. I like to break it down into more manageable steps. If you’re just starting out developing with Windows Embedded, here are some foundational steps you can go through for a small-footprint (Compact) device. 

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

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

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

    The May 2014 Supplementary Update is now available on MyOEM for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, Windows Embedded for Point of Service 1.0 and Windows Embedded Point of Service 1.1.

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded POSReady 2009:

    • KB 2931365 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    The list below applies to both Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded for Point of Service:

    • KB 2926765 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB 2953522 - Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB 2932079 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    The contents of the WEPOS folder in this update are only to be used with the Windows Embedded for Point of Service products. The contents of the POS09 folder in this update are to be used with the Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 products.

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    Riding the Wave of Intelligent Systems on the High Seas

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    If you’ve seen the World of Windows video, you’ve seen how many embedded devices can fit into a given day (assuming you are really busy that day), but, during a recent trip to Ft. Lauderdale, I saw what may be one of the biggest uses of Microsoft technology.  And I can’t over emphasize the size of it.

    At nearly a quarter mile long, Royal Caribbean has built the two biggest cruise ships in the world – the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.  To put that size in perspective, the Oasis of the Seas can cast a shadow on a 20 story building while stretching across four football fields – and there’s capacity for 8,600 people.

    As the General Manager of Product Marketing at Windows Embedded, I make it a priority to visit our partners and see intelligent systems in action – and the intelligent system built by the team at Royal Caribbean is remarkable to see in person.

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