Windows Embedded for Point of Service 1.1 Released.


Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) 1.1 has been released – you can get the POS for .NET 1.1 download on MSDN Downloads.


WEPOS 1.1 adds support for a series of new device types including coin dispenser, keylock, MICR (magnetic ink character recognition), POS power, scale, signature capture and tone indicator – one of the coolest aspects of the update is the ability to target Windows XP and Windows Embedded for Point of Service operating systems – this means that you could have a Windows XP based “POS” system that doesn’t only run the dedicated POS application, but could also have your accounting software, Office Applications, and Solitaire!


There’s a pretty interesting article on eWeek which discusses some of the updates to WEPOS 1.1 – Here’s an extract from the article.

<snip>The retail POS market has sharply changed in the last two years since Microsoft’s entry, said Greg Buzek, president of the IHL Consulting Group.

In its latest market study, which was published in January, Windows Embedded POS was being “seriously considered” by 51 percent of the surveyed retailers. “They went from zero two years ago to 51 percent now.” </snip>


From a developers point of view the reason why WEPOS is so interesting for Point of Service and Point of Sale devices is the way in which support for retail peripherals are integrated into the development process – with Linux developers have to spend huge amounts of time integrating their POS peripherals into the operating system, and then also need to integrate support for those peripherals into the POS application. – With WEPOS the integration work is already done, application developers simply need to focus on writing the “glue” code that links the peripherals and data store together.


A short while ago I posted a code snippet that showed how simple it is to read data from a barcode scanner – note that the code sample doesn’t contain any information about the make or model of the scanner.


– Mike

Comments (10)

  1. Chris F says:

    I found this post very helpful as a retailer developer for pos systems. Is there any way i could work or get more info on this topic?

    pls do email me at mj88@smsupermarket.com

  2. Nektar says:

    Why isn’t the package available for .NET 2.0? It runs only on .NET 1.1. Are you going to create a 2.0 version as well?

    Where can you test and buy Windows Embeaded for Point of Sales? Is there a demo version? On what hardware does it run and in which markets is it available?

    You should really advertise this software of yours more.

  3. mikehall says:

    Nektar,

    I’m building .NET Framework 2.0 applications using Visual Studio 2005 and the POS .NET SDK – this is working extremely well for me.

    The SDK will install and run on Windows XP, if you have Visual Studio installed then the SDK will also install. The application you generate will run on Windows XP and Windows Embedded for Point of Service.

    You can get the WEPOS Eval kit from http://www.windowsembeddedkit.com – you can also download the POS .NET SDK right now and start coding (there’s a link in this blog post.

    – Mike

  4. mikehall says:

    ChrisF – yes, more information is available on the Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) site – here’s a link – http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/wepos/about.mspx

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    – Mike

  5. Josh Nussbaum says:

    Is there a cost for running this in a commercial environment?

    -Josh

  6. carlitos says:

    I have been testing with .net framework 2.0 a printer divece(epson TM-T88III) and this OPS.Net driver is not working, it looks like multithreading issues happen when combining POS.net and framework 2.0

  7. carlitos again says:

    Has anybody tested POS.Net in Framework 2.0 with hardware providers drivers, I mean IBM, NCR,Epson…?

    Have you found any problems?

  8. Channel 9 says:

    yes – the WEPOS bits are available world-wide.

  9. Channel 9 says:

    Yes, one of the changes with the WEPOS 1.1 release is that you can install the .NET POS bits on a Windows XP machine.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Did you know that Windows Embedded operating system runs many of the world’s cash registers? Well, Mike Hall takes his camcorder over to meet Craig Jensen, a developer on the