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Posted By Dave MassySenior 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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Posted By Cuong PhamProduct Manager, Windows Embedded
Today, the Windows team shared that we have started releasing Windows 8.1 to our hardware partners, including Windows Embedded 8.1. This important and exciting milestone builds on the platform alignment we discussed during the release of Windows Embedded 8 by marking Microsoft’s first simultaneous release of Windows across devices – from the smallest tablets to the most lightweight notebooks to versatile 2-in-1s, as well as industry devices and intelligent systems for business.
In a previous blog, we shared that we would deliver updates to Windows Embedded 8, bringing the latest Windows 8.1 innovations to industry devices, in a number of areas: enhanced security, deeper lockdown control, expanded peripheral capabilities, better manageability, updated user experience, and improved connectivity and mobility.
Today, we’d like to share with you how Windows Embedded 8 delivers value through industry devices:
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Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
Today Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems becomes generally available.
We think this is going to become the product for purpose-built, next-generation, enterprise class server appliances. With this edition, enterprises and OEMs now have a lot more capabilities and a host of improvements they can leverage to enhance performance, save space and ensure nearly constant uptime.
For one thing, we’ve substantially improved the product’s virtualization capabilities. This is good news for OEMs in particular, who have been utilizing virtualization to consolidate the physical architecture of their solutions and improve the ROI of their products.
R2 also features a host of upgrades designed to improve performance in a day-to-day, real-world way. The time it takes to complete a live migration has been cut in half. We’ve increased data transfer rates to 10 gigabits per second, greatly enhancing speed. We’ve also added support for USB access in guess VMs, making it easier to perform software deployment and file management. These improvements will enable OEMs to offer better products to support real world scenarios where optimized load balancing and live migration are critical.
The combination of those two areas means that not only can you run a smaller number of server appliances, but you can do so at a higher capacity. This should result in some really interesting scenarios for operating high-performance solutions in reduced-space environments. Already we’ve seen our customer Lufthansa Systems develop a small-footprint server appliance for use in airplanes, to facilitate in-flight entertainment.
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Posted By Jeff WettlauferSr. Technical Product Marketing Manager
With the release of Windows Embedded 8.1 and our alignment to the Windows code base, a significant amount of new capability and tools are now available. In a recent blog, we talked about management for Windows Embedded; in this post, we’ll focus on deployment.
In the past, deployment for Windows Embedded products was, well, different. There were different tools, processes and procedures for standing up a master image of Windows Embedded. With 8.1, organizations can now use tools like the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
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Posted By Pavel BanskyProgram Manager
Good morning [place your current location here] and welcome to Approaching Embedded Intelligently. My name is Pavel Bansky and I work as a Program Manager in Windows Embedded team. I will be writing posts not only about Windows Embedded Device Manager but also other cool stuff we are doing here in Windows Embedded. Let me start with this Q&A article and stay tuned for more.
Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 has been available on the market for about a year now. As the number of potential or actual users is increasing, there is a set of frequently asked questions that I hear. Let me go through the top ten of these questions in this article.