Microsoft launches Windows Embedded Compact 2013

After launching Windows Embedded 8 in March, Microsoft has now released a new version of its embedded OS that's made for smaller devices. It's called Windows Embedded Compact 2013 and it's been made to work on products that have either x86 or ARM processors.

Microsoft's press release states:

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is ideal for powering some of the smallest industry devices, such as programmable logic controllers and human-machine interface panels used to monitor processes in manufacturing, RFID scanners in retail environments, and portable ultrasound machines and diagnostic lab equipment in healthcare settings.

The new OS has a number of improvements compared to earlier versions, including better memory management, upgraded network features, a boost in file system performance, support for WiFi and Bluetooth wireless hardware and "snapshot boot", which lets products boot up within seconds.

In addition, hardware developers making devices that will use Windows Embedded Compact 2013 will be able to access Visual Studio 2012 for the first time, allowing them to use "a simplified UI and sharper syntax colorization, and tools such as improved compilers, auto-generation of code snippets and XAML tools."

Microsoft has already announced that Windows Embedded 8 would be getting a "Blue" upgrade sometime later this year but details have yet to be announced.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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I don't know why people keep bashing Windows Compact edition without really having any first hand knowledge or more likely ever having used / experienced it. In the late 90s majority of PDAs hosted predecessor of the current system. I have used it and NEVER had any problems with the OS or the software. I have also used a Compaq manufactured GSM mobile phone hosting this OS with compact edition of MS Office built in. These worked without any problems until the hardware gave up the ghost.

Stability of the system depends more on the hardware than on the OS alone. In case of Windows for the desktop one can have a million different combinations of hardware which makes it difficult to have really stable "one system fits all" kind of setup. When a manufacturer of a device embeds any OS into the system they can fine tune the device which cannot be tinkered with by the end user and you can have what can perform for a very long period of time without problems.

MidTxWRX said,

*Throws a tablet at Dot Matrix's cranium*

**but the tablet "crashes" before it can hit him because it was running "windows" **

Hrmm Is that guy rocking Windows Embedded on his wrist like a Boss or is that just a generic image that you felt fitted the news story?

Osiris said,
Hrmm Is that guy rocking Windows Embedded on his wrist like a Boss or is that just a generic image that you felt fitted the news story?

I think that is the smart watch everyone is so excited about

Osiris said,
Hrmm Is that guy rocking Windows Embedded on his wrist like a Boss or is that just a generic image that you felt fitted the news story?

It looks like that picture is on their press release.