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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Compete Corner

    Posted By Mark Pendergrast
    Senior Product Manager

    Let’s face reality. For our customers and partners, every day comes with lots of choices – from deciding on which component to use for their motherboard, to what application to build/deploy, to which markets and opportunities to pursue to build their business. It’s no different in picking which operating system to use for their specialized device. There’s a rich selection of alternatives from which to pick, including many flavors of Linux, Google’s Android, and of course our broad set of options in the Windows Embedded family. However, like many things in business, this preponderance of choice offers both opportunities and also challenges for the market. On the one hand, it gives customers and partners many options from which to pick and choose for their specific needs, but it can also be overwhelming. Making a poor choice could add cost, delays, and complications that hadn’t been anticipated.

    It’s in this light that I hope to provide some value from The Compete Corner here on the Windows Embedded blog. As the compete lead for the organization, my role is to ensure that our customers, partners and internal teams have the full and accurate picture on the value of the Windows Embedded solutions and help them make good decisions with Windows Embedded as their OS choice. And of course all of this in interest of spurring healthy competition.


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    Windows Embedded Standard 8 Third Community Technology Preview Released

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    In June, we announced at Computex in Taiwan the release of the second Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Standard 8. Building on that momentum, we’re excited to say the third CTP is available today, and David Wurster, a product manager on the Windows Embedded team, is here to tell us more about how you can get a download and try it out.

    Today the Microsoft Windows Embedded team is excited to announce the availability of the third Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview (CTP).

    This release follows the Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 2 made available in June and delivers many quality improvements and several new capabilities – including:

    • Alignment with the Windows 8 RTM codebase.
    • New specialized device templates added to provide easy to use blueprints as a starting point for designing the OS for your specialized devices.
    • New features and enhancements around lockdown scenarios, including a special servicing mode for devices that use the Unified Write Filter, and a new ability to block and filter USB ports.
    • Support for even more languages, including Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
    • Many quality improvements, such as a restructured catalog, F1 help available in the Image Configuration Editor (ICE) toolkit, improved USB media creation, and modules to support common applications.

    The Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 3 marks another milestone on Windows Embedded Standard 8 roadmap, but your feedback is still needed to ensure that we’re delivering the best product that we possibly can. At Microsoft we are very excited about the possibilities Windows 8 technologies provide for intelligent systems and encourage our partners to download the CTP 3 today.


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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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    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 Blog

    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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