Microsoft Offers Windows 7-Based Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Community Technology

Microsoft Corp. released the Windows 7-based
Windows Embedded Standard 2011 (formerly code-named “Quebec”) Community
Technology Preview (CTP) to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and
developers of specialized devices worldwide through its immediate
public availability at http://connect.microsoft.com/windowsembedded.
Windows Embedded Standard 2011 delivers the latest Windows 7
technologies to OEMs, enabling them to bring high-performing
specialized devices to market faster, to differentiate those devices
through innovative user experiences, and to delight their customers
with devices that extend the Windows user experience to specialized
devices from Windows-based PCs, servers and online services.

“To
meet the demand for improved user experiences and connectivity among
today’s rapidly growing categories of specialized devices, Microsoft
has strategically planned the release of Windows 7-based technologies
to OEMs in the embedded marketplace,” said Kevin Dallas, general
manager of the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft. “The
availability of the Windows Embedded Standard 2011 CTP empowers our
worldwide ecosystem of OEMs, partners and developers to take advantage
of the next-generation platform’s enhanced Windows 7-based features and
provide feedback prior to its general release to manufacturing. We
encourage the embedded community to take full advantage of the CTP’s
availability and join in our excitement as we look ahead to the future
availability of Windows Embedded platforms incorporating Windows 7
technologies.”

Windows 7 Features and Functionality Available in Windows Embedded Standard 2011

Windows
Embedded Standard 2011 delivers the power, familiarity and reliability
of the Windows 7 operating system in a highly customizable and
componentized form, enabling OEMs in industrial automation,
entertainment, consumer electronics and other markets to focus on their
core competencies and create product differentiation. Instead of
investing in platform development, Windows Embedded Standard 2011
allows OEMs to choose only the components they need to tailor the
platform to meet the unique requirements of their device. Familiar,
easy-to-use development tools and embedded-enabling features help to
further reduce development costs and increase speed to market for
thin-client, point-of-service (POS), kiosk, medical, multifunction
printers and other devices.

Windows Embedded Standard 2011 capabilities and features include these:

Enterprise Equipped
with the ability for organizations to seamlessly extend existing
investments in technology management and infrastructure to devices by
using Active Directory group policies and Microsoft System Center
Configuration Manager, as well as increased interoperability for client
server scenarios with Microsoft Terminal Services and Virtual Desktop
Infrastructure (VDI)

Latest Windows technology innovations
to enhance user experiences on specialized devices through the security
of Internet Explorer 8, enhanced media capabilities of Windows Media
Player 12, improved client server with Microsoft Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP) 7.0 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Rich, immersive user experiences
with support for 64-bit CPUs, Windows Aero user interface, Windows
Presentation Foundation, Windows Touch (multigesture touch interfaces
and context-aware applications) and Windows Flip 3D navigation

The ability to develop “green” solutions
with smart power management APIs for developers to build applications
that can improve CPU idle time and reduce power consumption

ESC Boston

During
the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston (Sept. 21–24 at the Hynes
Convention Center), Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows
Embedded Business Unit at Microsoft, will deliver an industry keynote
address on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Dallas will detail how the
Windows Embedded software-plus-services platform enables developers and
OEMs to provide the unique value of Windows on specialized devices, as
well as sharing a Windows Embedded product road map update.

Microsoft
will also be participating in TechInsights’ “Build Your Own Embedded
System” seminars, enabling attendees to take home a custom-configured
design kit based on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.

Community Resources Available Pre- and Post-Launch

A
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification,
preparation kit and training courseware will be available for Windows
Embedded Standard 2011 during the timeframe of its release to
manufacturing (RTM), approximately the second half of 2010.

Microsoft
will also host a series of five free webinars exploring the enhanced
functionality, networking capabilities, improved security and
reliability of Windows Embedded Standard 2011.

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