A technical preview of new Windows 7-based embedded edition, Windows Embedded Standard 2011, is now available. Applications and drivers for Windows 7 can work on Windows Embedded Standard 2011 without difficult, expensive, and time-consuming porting effort.
It’s designed to run on everything from ATMs to digital photo frames. The release is scheduled for in the second half of 2010.
Windows Embedded lets you choose only those components they need to drive their equipment, eliminating the need to develop a full platform on your own.
Windows Embedded is used in industrial automation, entertainment, and consumer electronics. Line of business applications use Windows Embedded in thin clients, kiosks, medical equipment, and point-of-service devices. On the consumer side, Windows Embedded is used in GPS devices, gaming consoles, networked TVs, and portable media players.
Businesses can manage their devices using Active Directory group policies and virtual desktops. The new edition will support 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs, the Windows Aero interface, and Windows Touch for touch screens. Windows Embedded Standard 2011 will also incorporate Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media Player 12.
Windows Embedded Standard 2011 is the first Microsoft embedded operating system that comes with full certified support for IPv6 in addition to IPv4 support. It includes a new TCP/IP stack that provides the latest wireless networking and added security through Network Access Protection (NAP) to easily integrate into the enterprise network. These devices can join existing active directory domains and be secured using Active Directory group policies already in place.
More Information & Training for Windows Embedded
Windows Embedded training opportunities can be found at Windows Embedded Training.
A series of five free webinars exploring the enhanced functionality, networking capabilities, improved security and reliability of Windows Embedded Standard 2011. Participants can register at Technical Overview - Windows Embedded Standard 2011. A full listing of additional technical events and seminars can be found at Windows Embedded Events.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation
Special thanks to Lance Whitney at CNET.