A few weeks ago, Microsoft launched the standard version of its Windows Embedded 8 operating system, along with Windows Embedded 8 Pro. Today, the company expanded its new versions of its embedded OS by launching two SKUs for Windows Embedded 8 Industry.
The official announcement from Microsoft states:
Windows Embedded 8 Industry provides a fixed-image OS that is especially suited to power industry devices, control panels, kiosks, and yes, POS terminals. It provides a single image with lockdown features and embedded enhancements that will make the next generation of industry devices smarter, better connected, more secure, and more user friendly.
The standard Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro SKU has been made for installation in ATMs along with devices made for health care and manufacturing businesses. The Retail SKU of Windows Embedded 8 Industry Pro has been designed for use in terminals such as kiosks, scanners and others.
Microsoft plans to launch a third SKU, Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise, in July. It will be made specifically for devices that will link up to Microsoft's Windows 8 Enterprise OS. Add it all up and Microsoft's embedded lineup of operating systems could soon be used in your local band, grocery store, and medical office, among others.
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