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Posted By Cuong PhamProduct Manager, Windows Embedded
On his blog, Microsoft’s Chief Evangelist Steve Guggenheimer announced the company has made available RTM builds for Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 through TechNet and MSDN, with Windows 8.1 Enterprise to follow later this month. The Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate is also ready for download here.
As part of this move, today we are announcing that Windows Embedded 8.1 RTM and the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems RTM builds are now available to MSDN subscribers. You can find the available bits here, and begin testing and evaluating the new release immediately. Learn more about what Windows Embedded 8.1 brings to the table in my recent blog post. You can also learn more about Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems through the recent Server blogs.
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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
It’s an exciting week in New York for our Windows Embedded team, who are on hand at the National Retail Federation Convention & EXPO to announce a brand-new product release preview. Windows Embedded senior product manager David Wurster has details.
In October 2012, we announced our road map for the Windows Embedded 8 family of products by sharing availability dates for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Embedded 8 Pro, and introducing you to Windows Embedded 8 Industry.
All Windows Embedded 8 products will be available in the first half of 2013 and will enable our OEM partners to create differentiated devises that will utilize the rich, immersive and multi-touch customer experience to delight users and help them extend the intelligence of their information technology systems.
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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.
Posted By Chris ElliottSenior Marketing Communications Manager
We wanted to know what you thought about Ford SYNC, so we asked.
And you answered!
SYNC fans tweeted their favorite features of the system for a chance to win an Xbox, a Microsoft keyboard or an Arc Touch Mouse. The overwhelming favorite was the ability to control SYNC with your voice. Many of you loved the Audible text messaging feature, and told us that going hands- and eyes-free makes you drive safer.
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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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