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    Ford SYNC Is Turning 5, and You Could Win an Xbox!

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Ford SYNC powered by Microsoft is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a pioneer in vehicle connectivity system. Help us wish Ford SYNC a happy anniversary by tweeting your favorite SYNC feature and you could win an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

    To celebrate this momentous milestone, Ford and Microsoft are participating in GigaOm Roadmap in San Francisco and the Seattle Auto Show, during which SYNC fans will be given the opportunity to enter our twitter contest to win one of five Xbox 360 with Kinect consoles. The contest kicks off today (now!) and you have two weeks to participate for the chance to win.

    It’s easy to participate, whether you are able to attend either event or not. All you have to do is follow @MSFTWEB and tweet your favorite Ford SYNC feature some time during the two-week period using the #SYNC5 hash tag. We will announce the winners on Sunday, November 18, 2012 between 5 and 6 pm PT.

    That’s all I have to do to win an Xbox 360?! You bet, easy as pie, or if you prefer, anniversary cake.

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    Windows Embedded 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems RTM builds now available to MSDN subscribers

    Posted By Cuong Pham
    Product 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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    Windows Server for Embedded Systems is ready to take on the most critical challenges

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product 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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    Windows Embedded Compact 2013 update release is now generally available

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Senior Product Manager

    We are pleased to announce that the update release to Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is now generally available. The release provides access to the new Visual Studio 2013, with an updated platform builder and application builder. There will be also a new inbox Wi-Fi driver for TI SDP44xx chipset.

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    Creating a custom shell in Compact 2013

    Posted By Colin Murphy
    Technical Program Manager, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded

    The shell you say! What is a shell, anyway? Typically a shell application manages the base user interface of the system including access to applications and files and the ability to configure the system. In the case of an embedded device, a typical multi-function desktop shell is overkill, taking up way too much space and requiring far more overhead than a purpose-driven embedded device wants or needs.

    With that in mind, one of the most noticeable changes to Window Embedded Compact 2013 is the removal of the large and dated Windows 95-style shell. The Compact team was quite torn on this decision; on the one hand, it was an excellent developer tool-- easy to launch files, everyone knew how to use it--but when that same shell appears on your refrigerator, digital sign or vending machine, people were not as impressed by its versatility. Enter MinShell. This new Compact shell offers a much smaller feature set. It is basically an application launcher that can be customized to launch any application. For developers, it comes preset to launch “CMD.EXE,” a DOS command processor, so you can copy and launch applications as needed. But MinShell is designed, and begs to be, replaced.

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