Early October, Microsoft released to manufacturing Windows Embedded Standard 2009, the next generation of Windows XP Embedded. This release is described as follows:
Windows Embedded Standard delivers the power, familiarity, and reliability of the Windows operating system in componentized form, helping device makers to easily create smart connected devices requiring rich applications, services, and end-user experiences. Featuring technologies that easily connect with many common industry standards plus several Microsoft desktop and server technologies leading to lower costs in application development, operating system deployment, servicing, and maintenance. With Windows Embedded Standard, developers get access to a mature technology portfolio of embedded specific tools that work in the familiar developer environment of Visual Studio allowing them to rapidly configure, build, and deploy devices with enhanced security reliability and manageability.
Windows Embedded Standard Toolkits will be available by end of November 2008.
The evaluation version of Windows® Embedded Standard is available for download from www.windowsembedded.com
Here are a couple of videos you might want to watch to learn more about this new release: